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SCARCITY COMMISSION. 



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THE WEEKLY REPORTS of the Scarcity Commission, showing they^o^es^bf 
Disease in Potatoes, the Complaints which have been made, and the 
Relief, in the course of the Month of March 1846. • 



Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 8 April 1846. 



FOR THE WEEK ENDING the 14 th DAY of MARCH 1846\ 



ULSTER: 






DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 


Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 


The Applications 
for Relief. 


County. 


Sub-District. 


the Potatoes. 


been made 
during the Week. 


Cavan 

Donegal 


Parish of En- 
niskeen, bary. 
of Clankee. 

Parish of Con- 
voy, barony 
of Raphoe. 


- - The Rev. Messrs. 
Winning and Duff, 
Kingseourt. 

Rev. F. Feely, p. f. 


. 


- - poor in a very 
wretched state, and 
daily their situation 
becoming worse. 

- - parishioners in a 
state of destitution. 


- - suggest a new line 
of road; plan sent. 

- - offers 500 1 . to the 
erection of a chapel, 
to give employment to 
and to afford them a 

igious worship. 










the people, 
place of rel: 


Tyrone 


Clogher Poor- 
law Union. 


- - Clerk of Union to 
Poor-law Commis- 
sioners. 


- - blight worse 
on fine land, espe- 
cially lighton lands 
cultivated for the 
first time. 


- - guardians are of 
opinion that no sound 
potatoes will remain 
after seed time. 








MUNSTER. 



Clare - 


Ennis - 


--R. Lyne,esq., r.m., 
report to the Under 
S ecretary. 


- 


Ennis Poor Law 
Union. 


- Extract from minutes 
of the Poor-law guar- 
dians. 




Parish of Kil- 
loane, barony 
of the Island. 


- - The magistrates, 
clergy, and farmers of 
parish. 


- 


Kilrush - 


- - Colonel Vandeleur, 
Kilrush. 


- 


Neighbourhood 
of Carrighols- 


Marcus Keane, esq. - 


201. 







- - that the tradesmen 
and others in the town 
of Ennis are severely 
suffering- from want of food ; people 
expressing- a determination not to 
starve whilst food can be procured. 



- - that potato 
crop has nearly 
disappeared. 



- - that 1 00 acres 
planted in con- 
acre by the pooi- 
labourers have 
been lost. 



- - supply of potatoes 
brought to market in- 
sufficient for the wants 
of the inhabitants of 
the town of Ennis. 

- - upwards of 100 
families in great want, 
and upwards of 50 
who cannot procure 
more than one meal 
daily. Quantity of 

potatoes remaining not sufficient for 
consumption of population one month. 



- - that measures con- 
templated for relief be 
immediately adopted. 



- - suggest that Govern- 
ment undertake, as soon 
as possible, public 
works in the different 
localities. 

- - suggest drainage, 
and the making and 
repairing of roads. 



- - proposes advancing 
250 l. towards the im- 
provement of the Kil- 
rush Creek, and expects Government 
will add thereto, for the promotion of 
a useful work and the employment of 
numbers during the summer months. 



— much distress at 
present exists amongst 
the labouring classes. 



- - erection of Carrig- 
hols pier, estimate cost 
5,000 1 . : Shannon 

Commissioners will ad- 
vance 2,800 L, landed proprietors 
1,400 l . ; prays that Government will 
advance the remainder under the Act 
1 Viet. c. 21, as no other work can be 
suggested to afford such general em- 
ployment at so cheap a rate. 

{continued) 



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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



II u n ster — continued. 

- | Six-milebridge, 
Bunratty 
(Lower). 



Parishes of 
Ibrickan and 
Kilmurry, ba- 
rony Ibrickan. 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 



- - Robert A. Studdert, 



- - Memorial from the 
magistrates, gentry, 
&c., to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 



- - Capt. Maenamara, 
it. n., to the Under 
Secretary. 



- rapid diminu- 
tion in stock of 
potatoes. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
daring the Week. 



- - great difficulty ex- 
ists as to procuring 
sound seed ; many per- 
sons have not got any, 
the farmers having good 
potatoes being unwil- 
ling to part with them. 

- - alarming scarcity 
existing ; the working 
classes, to the amount 
of 500 to 600 persons, 
cannot procure one 
meal per diem. 

- - numbers of persons 
in the most deplorable 
state, having no means 
of subsistence but a 
scanty supply of dis- 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



imme- 
diate importation of 
Indian corn, and the 
institution of public 
works, to enable the 
poorer classes to pur- 
chase provisions. 

- - a further extension 
of the Shannon im- 
provements at the quays 
and harbour requested. 



- - refers to a memorial 
from the magistrates 
and cess-payers of the 
barony of Ibrickan. 



Parish of Clare- - - Memorial from the 
Abbey. parishioners to the 

Lord Lieutenant. 






- - Magistrates' of the 
town and neighbour- 
hood of Ennis, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 



Kilrush - 



- - Relief committees 
of Kilrush district, to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



Barony of Low- 
er Tulla. 



Barony of Bun- 
ratty. 



County of Clare 



- - Two memorials from i 
the barony of Lower 
Tulla, under 1 Viet. c. 
21, to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Thomas Studdert, 
esq., transmitting a 
memorial from the jus- 
tices, pursuant to the 
Act 1 Viet. c. 24, to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Resolutions of the 
grand jurors and ma- 
gistrates of the county 
Clare to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



- - that out of 200 fa- 
milies residing in 
Clare Abbey village, 
50 have to subsist on 
one meal daily. 

- - much suffering ex- 
isting from the want of 
employment and food. 
Supply of potatoes at 
market has almost dis- 
appeared ; and from 
the high prices, people 
are unable to purchase. 
An outbreak expected 
in the absence of im- 
mediate assistance. 

- - that 400 families in 
district have not even 
one meal of diseased 
potatoes to subsist on. 
That the employment 
to be given is quite in- 
sufficient for demand 
or wants of people. 
That the inquirer em- 
ployed, has not funds 
on hand to pay those 
working, 

- - poor suffering the 
most extreme priva- 
tions. 



- - the people almost 
in a state of starva- 
tion. 



- - that the re- 
ports already be- 
fore Government 
as to the exten- 
sive and rapid de- 
cay of the potato 
crop, is borne out 
by the concurrent 
testimony of the 
grand jurors and 
magistrates from 
different parts of 
the county. 



- - that some immediate 
relief be afforded. 



- - that immediate re- 
lief be afforded by the 
institution of some pub- 
lic work; and that a 
military force be in rea- 
diness in the event of 
an outbreak. 



- - request that funds 
be instantly sent down 
to pay those employed, 
some of whom are dri- 
ven to pawn their 
wretched clothing to 
meet the day’s neces- 
sity. 



- - suggest the execu- 
tion of public works 
(amount of expense not 
specified). 

- - recommend the adop- 
tion of the works pro- 
posed in memorial with- 
out delay, to prevent 
outbreak and plunder. 

- - that the works al- 
ready recommended be 
commenced immedi- 
ately in the most dis- 
tressed districts ; that 
small works spread over 
the district would he 
more desirable than a 
few works of magni- 
tude ; that for the pur- 
poses of preserving seed 
potatoes from consump- 
tion, Indian corn be 
imported into the coun- 
try. 



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COMPLAINTS OP THE SCARCITY, AND APPLICATIONS FOR RELIEF, &C. 



3 



Munster. — continued. 



Kilkee (parishes 
of Killard and 
Kilfura.) 



Newmarket-on- 
Fergus, barony 
of Bunratty. 



Barony of Low- 
er Bunratty. 



Parish of Kil- 
creest, barony 
of Clonderlaw. 



- - Memorial from the 
Kilkee relief commit- 
tee to the Lords of the 
Treasury. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



- - that distress in dis- 
trict is beyond mea- 
sure and is hourly in- 
creasing; and that 1 
in 20 of the applicants 
lployment can- 



not be engaged on the works in operation. That the people 
are beginning to consume the potatoes retained for seed. That 
the engineer from the Board of Works is waiting the sanction 
of the Treasury to cany on works. 



- - Thomas Studdert, 
esq., to the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



- - Memorial from the 
magistrates assembled 
at Six -Mile-Bridge, to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - Memorial from the 
parishioners to his Ex- 
cellency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



Electoral divi- 
sion of Kilin- 



Kilgarriff, Clon- 
akilty. 



Bandon district 



Parishes of Dur- 
ras and Kil- 
croshane. 



Clonalcilty 



- - Poor-lawguardians 
of Kilincaly electoral 
division, to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



W. B. Jones, esq. 



- - Extract of resident 
magistrate Little’s re- 
port to the Under Se- 
cretary. 



- - The Earl of Ban- 
don forwards memo- 
rial from magistrates, 
clergy, &e., to his Ex- 
cellency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



Barony of East 
Division of 
West Carber- 

jy. 



- Sub-inspector Grant’s 
report to the inspector- 
general of constabulary. 



- Memorial of R. Towns- 
end, esq. as chairman 
of meeting held pursu- 
ant to Act 1 Viet. c. 21, 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- '- fully half of 
the potato crop 
utterly unfit for 
human food. 



- - distress increasing 
rapidly. 



- - 180 families in pa- 
rish not having suffi- 
cient food for one fort- 
night. 



- - many of the inha- 
bitants without provi- 
sions ; the quantity of 
potatoes at present in 
parish insufficient for 
seed. Incomprehensi- 
ble destitution must 
ensue if foreign seedbe 
not imported. 

- - much pressure be- 
ginning to be felt 
amongst the unem- 
ployed labourers. 



- - season of destitu- 
tion, wretchedness, and 
distress, much dread- 
ed. That disease is 
becoming prevalent 
from the use of x 
sound potatoes. 

- - that great distress 
is beginning to be felt 
amongst the poorer 
classes, as their stocks 
of potatoes are nearly 
exhausted. . 



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The Applications 
for Relief. 



- - that distribution of 
corn purchased by Go- 
vernment be forthwith 
ordered to district to 
prevent the impending 
famine. 



- - great excitement 
prevails as to the delay 
in instituting public 
works. Alludes to a 
meeting to be held pur- 
suant to provisions 1 
Viet. c. 21, for the ba- 
rony of Bunratty. 

- - requests that Go- 
vernment advance sums 
to set on foot immedi- 
ately the worksproposed 
at special sessions, un- 
der 1 Viet. c. 21. That 
for the purpose of sav- 
ing seed potatoes other 
food be provided. 

- - request that public 
works be commenced in 
parish as soon as possi- 
ble ; and that such other 
relief be afforded as is 
calculated to avert the 
horrors of famine. 

- - suggest the giving 
employment to the peo- 
ple, and that a depot be 
established at Ennis for 
the distribution of food 
at low rates. That 
neither life nor property 
can be safe if timely 
relief be not afforded. 



- - that .an immediate 
supply of Indian corn 
is necessary in the town 
of Bandon and neigh- 
bourhood. 

- - suggests the erec- 
tion of a fishery pier to 
give employment to the 
people. 



- - states; that a meet- 
ing was held (9 March 
1840) for devising mea- 
sures to procure employ- 
ment for the labourers, 
numbers of whom are in 
a great state of desti- 
tution. 

- - suggests the making 
of a new line of road to 
the amount of 2,300 1 . 



( continued ) 




RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 


Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 


The Applications 
for Relief. 


County. I 


Sub-District. 


the Potatoes. 




during the Week. 


" 

Mussteb.- 
Cork - 

Kerry - 


—continued. 

Parishes of Ratli- 
courry, Caher- 
bog, Little 
Island, Bally- 
guinny, Car- 
rigtohill ; ba- 
rony Barrymore. 

Dingle - 

Barony ofClan- 
maurice. 


- - N. M. Cummins, 
esq., to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant, 
with memorial from 
inhabitants of parishes. 

- - Thomas N. Nant, 
esq., secretary to the 
relief committee, Din- 
gle. 

- - Memorial from the 
justices and eess-pay- 


- • 


- 


- - that deficiency of 
food to a fearful extent 
apprehended. Many 
persons eating decayed 
potatoes that have been 
thrown out on the 
dunghill for months. 

- - distress and fever 
very much on the in- 
crease; no fever hos- 
pital nearer than Tra- 
lee, and only one dis- 
pensary. 


- - urges the necessity 
of taking, without loss 
of one hour, steps to 
make available supplies 
of food. 

- - applies for minute- 
book, &c., to record 
proceedings of commit- 

- - presenting for pub- 
lic works to the amount 






Clanmaurice, convened under Act 1 
Viet. c. 21, to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 










- 


Barony of Dun- 
kerron. 


- - Memorial from the 
justices and cess-pay- 


- 




' - 


— suggest the execu- 
tion of public works to 






barony of Dunkerron, pursuant to 
Act I Viet. c. 21, to his Excellency 












Barony of 

Iraghticonnor. 


- - Memorial from the 
justices and cess-pay- 
ers of the barony of >■ 
Iraghticonnor, under Ac i 
to his Excellency the 
tenant. 






- - 


, - - suggests the execu- 
I tion of public works to 
the amount of 15,830 1. 






tl Vict.c.21, 
Lord Lieu- 






Tipperary - 


Barony of Up- 
per Ormond. 


- - R. H. Bayley, esq., 
forwards memorial | 




- 




- - expresses an anxiety 
that public employment 
be given to the dis- 
tressed population with 
as little delay as pos- 
sible. 






payers, convened under the Act 1 
Viet. c. 21, to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 








Barony of Sliev- 
ardagh. 

Barony of Elio- 
garty. 


- - A. Going, esq., for- 
wards memorial from 
the justices and cess- 
payers, convened under 
I Viet. c. 21. 

- - D. J. Webb, esq., 
Templemore, forwards 






- - an increase of fever 
dreaded from the 
failure of the potato 
crop. Typhus fever 
rages in the district of 
the collieries. 


- - that a fever hospital 
be built at Billingarry 
at a cost of 1,000 1., to 
give employment to the 
destitute poor, and as a 
check to the increase of 

- - presenting for public 
works (no plans or esti- 






tices and cess-payers, under Act 1 
Viet. ^o. 21, to his Excellency the 


1 










Cashel and 
neighbour-hood. 


- - Sub -inspector Cox’s 
report to the inspec- 
tor-general • of con- 
stabulary. 


- - very much in- 
creased; if disease 
continues, there 
will scarcely be 
any potatoes left 
by 1st May ; sav- 
ing of good seed 
much dreaded. 


- - several families in 
Clonoulty are, in con- 
sequence of the “ rot,” 
left without provision; 
inhabitants of Ballagh 
are out of potatoes, ant 
farmers will shortly be 
potatoes selling at ICeZ 


- 








s; one-third of the 
and Bishop’s Wood 
1 many of the small 
! so situated. Seed 
. per stone. 






Lower Ormond 


- - Memorial of the 
justices and cess-pay- 
ers of the barony of 
Lower Ormond, pursi 
Viet. c. 21, to his I 


- - disease exten- 
sive and increasing 


- - that inhabitants of 
. barony are suffering 
severely from failure 
of potato crop : dis- 
tress daily arising. 


- - presenting for public 
works to the amount of 






tant to Act 1 
Excellency the 


1 








Iffa and Offa, 
West barony. 


- - Memorial from the 
justices and cess-pay- 
ers of the barony of 
Iffa and Offa West, pi 
1 Viet. c. 21 , to liis 1 
Lord Lieutenant. 


- 




- ” 


- - presenting for public 
works to the amount of 
8,000 1. for the purpose 
of giving employment 
in district. 






nrsuant to Act 
Excellency the 










1 






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COMPLAINTS OF THE SCARCITY, AND APPLICATIONS FOR RELIEF, &C. 5 



DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 
in 

the Potatoes. 


Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 


The Applications 
for Relief. 


County. 


Sub-District. 


Muststeb 
T ipperary - | 


. — continued. 
Barony of Kil- 
nemanagh Up- 
per. 


- - Memorial of the 
justices and cess-pay- 
ers, pursuant to the ! 
Act 1 Vict. c. 21, to ; 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 


- - - 


- - great poverty and 
want of employment 
in district, comprising 
an area of 60,000 acres, 
without one magistrate 
or grand juror residing 
in it. 


- - suggest the execu- 
tion of public works to 
the amount of 3,855 1. 
on 1,080 1. being raised 
by private contributions. 



LEINSTER. 



Kilkenny 



City of Kilken- 
ny- 



Barony of Bal- 
lycowan. 



Barony of Ardee 



Barony of Lune 



Tyrrell’s Pass, 
parish of New- 
town, barony 
Fartullagh. 
Taghmon 



Wicklow 



- - J. Haokett, esq., 
Mayor of Kilkenny, to 
Chief Secretary. 



- Amended memorial 
from the magistrates 
and cess-payers of ba- 



-- quantity of po- 
tatoes decreasing 
rapidly. 



- - positive scarcity may 
be apprehended early 
in summer. 



- - Rev. W. Scott, rec- 
tor, to the Undersecre- 
tary. 

- - Sir George Hod6on, 
hart., to the Under 
Secretary. 



- - that the sufferings 
of the poor are be- 
coming more pressing 
each day. 



rony Bftllyeowan, convened under the provisions of Act 1 
Viet. c. 21, accompanied by a letter from F. Berry, chairman. 



- - Mr. F. Berry re- 
turns the amended me- 
morial from the jus- 
tices and cesS-payers 
under the Act I Vict. 
c. 21, which was sent 
him for correction. 

- - Wm. Filgate, esq., 
forwards memorial, pur- 
suant to Act 1 Vict. c. 
21, to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Memorial of the jus- 
tices and cess-payers, 
pursuant to the Act 1 
Vict. o. 21, addressed 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Rev. Wm. Sermes, 
Clenfadforan Glebe, 
Tyrrell’s Pass. 



- - requests to know will 
the inhabitants of Kil- 
kenny be allowed to par- 
ticipate in the distribu- 
tion of Indian com and 
maize now importing 
into the country. 

- - presenting for public 
works estimated at an 

of 960 l. 



- - presenting for public 
works to the amount of 



- - presenting for public 
works to the amount of 
7,290 1. Sends plans 
with estimate. 

- - presenting for works 
at an estimated expense 
of 1,6201. 



distress pressing 1 - - suggests a new line 
and urgent. of road be made between 

' Rathmore and Nowells 
Bridge. 

- - requires information 
as to the mode in which 
relief will be issued. 

- - requests information 
as to manner of distribu- 
tion of Indian com, &c., 
now importing into the 
country, as the people 
are beginning to con- 
sume the potatoes kept 



- - likely to he much 
suffering and priva- 

- - great mass of popu- 
lation consuming food 
totally unfit for use. 



CONNAUGHT. 



Galway 


Barony of Bal- 
lymoe. 


- - D. H. Kelly, esq., 
D. x.., forwards petition 
from Hugh Kelley, 
and others of Abbey 
Grey. 




— several of the in- 
habitants are actually 
starving, without either 
potatoes to eat, or po- 
tatoes for seed. 


201. 


Ten miles round 
Loughrea. 


- - Report of W. Lewis, 
esq., county inspector 
to the inspector-gene- 
ral of constabulary. 


- - potatoes rot- 
ting at a fearful 
rate. Pits of po- 
tatoes sound six 
weeks ago now in 
a state of decom- 
position. 

A 3 


- - thousands of fami- 
lies (within a circle of 
two miles round Lough- 
rea) that will not have 
a potato to subsist on 
by the middle of May 
next. 



- - Mr. Kelly, d.-l., ap- 
plies for the sum of 50 
to give employment 
immediately to those 
standing in most need 
of relief, by cutting the 
hill at Creggs. 

- - that public works be 
instituted, as there is 
scarcely any employ- 
ment in district. 



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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



Con naught — continued. 
Galway - I Barony Easkei 



Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 


Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 


The Applications 
for Relief. 


, Rev. J. D. Smyth, d. d. 


- - - 


- - stating that great 
poverty and destitu- 
tion exist. 


- - applies for 2,000 1 . 
to assist in establish- 
ment of a college, and 






the employment of reclaiming bogs, making 
roads, &c. ; which he has commenoed on 
charitable contributions. 


i - - AssistantPoor-law 
Commissioner Burke 
to the Poor-law Com- 


- - disease rapidly 
progressing. 


- - several persons at ! 
present out of potatoes, . 
others whose stock will 


- - that employment be 
given to the peasantry. 



not last more than a month ; whole stock 
will be consumed by May. That there will 
be a deficiency of sound seed for coming 



Town of Gal- : 
way and its ] 
vicinity. 



- - Memorial from the 
magistrates and cess- 
payers convened under 
1 Viet. e. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 



- - that urgent and ex- - - presenting for public 
treme necessity exists works to the amount of 
for the immediate em- 10,000 1. 



Town of Gal- - - Memorial of the 
way. inhabitants to his Ex- { 

cellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 



ployment of the poor. 

Want of employment 
threatens immediate 
starvation. 

' " " - - that people are suf- - - that some cargoes 

fering under the most of Indian corn be im- 

tryingprivations; that ported for distribution 

not a stone of potatoes could be pur- amongst the impover- 
chased at market for the use of ished. 

20,000 inhabitants. 



- - Sub-inspector Cum- - - that in several 
mins’ report to the in- places potatoes 
speetor-general of con- hitherto deemed 
stabulnry. safe ore now fail- j 

mg'- 



particularly pressing. • 

Roman-catholic clergyman of district states 
that fever is spreading, and that he was 
shocked at the appearance of some families. 



I Barony of Tia- 
quin. 



Electoral divi- 
sion of Louis- 
bourgh. 



--Memorial of the jus- disease increasing 

tices and cess-payers, 

pursuant to the 1 Viet. 

c. 21,tohis Excellency 

the Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Rev. R. Potter, - 
Louisbourgh. 



- - great distress pro- - - presenting for pub- 
valent. lie works to the amount 



Parishes of Kil- 
main, Shrule, 
&c., &c., ba- 
rony of Kil- 
main. 

Athlone barony 



- - Resolutions passed 
at meeting of magis- 
trates and cess-payers, 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Memorial from the 

justices and cess-pay- 
ers, pursuant to thepro- 

visions of the Act 1 Viet. o. 21, to I 
his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant. 



- - want of potatoes 
increasing daily to an 
alarming extent. 



- - that a cargo of Indian 
corn be sent to West- 
port, from whence it. 
could be forwarded to 
the different localities. 

- - that Government 
take into consideration 
the works of drainage 
recommended in former 
memorial. 

- - present for works at 
an estimated expense 
of 350 1. 



Barony of Cas- 
tlereagh. 



(Parish of Bas- 
liek. 



1 Barony of Cool- 
avin. 



- - Memorial from the 
justices and cess-pay- 
ers pursuant to the Act 
1 Viet. c. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

- - Rev. M. Flood for- 
wards memorial from 
the parish of Baslick, 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Secretary of the 
Board of Works for- 
wards extract from en- 
gineer's report on the 
proposed works in the 
barony of Coolavin. 



- that the distress - - presenting for pub- 
prevalent in district is lie works to the amount 
likely to increase. of 3,414 l. 



- - stock of potatoes - - suggest the insti- 
nearly exhausted. No tution of different pub- 
prospect before them lie works, 
but absolute starva- 



greuter quantities 
affected in Febru- 
ary than in any 
of the preceding i 
months. Great ap- 
prehensions for the 
ensuing crop. 



- - that cottiers or la- I — that employment be 
bourers are nearly con- given between 20th of 
sumed. Great appre- May and 10th of Sep- 
hensions of famine. j tember. 



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FOR THE WEEK ENDING the 21st DAY of MARCH 1846. 







u : 


L S T E R. 






DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 


Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 


The Applications 


County. 


Sub-District. 


the Potatoes. 


during the Week. 




Armagh 


Parish of Ty- 


- - Rev. W. Maclean, 
Tynan Rectory. 




— supply of potatoes 
nearly consumed. 


- - “ the want of neigh- 
bourhood iB employ- 
ment, which, if pro- 
vided for the people, 
would prevent either 
famine or disease.” 


Londonderry 


Jonesborough, 
Fleury Bridge. 

Parish of Ag- 
hanloo. 


- - Rev. R. Henry, 
Jonesborough Glebe. 

- - Rev. W. Hughes, 
Aghanloo Glebe, N. T. 
Limavady. 


- - few cases in 
which the labour- 
ers’ stock of pota- 
toes is not com- 
pletely exhausted. 


; - - very great distress 
beginning amongst la- 
bourers and cottiers. 


- - requests to be in- 
formed if Government 
will give a supply of 
Indian corn for the poor. 

! — an immediate sup- 
ply of Indian com would 
prevent much suffer- 
ing. 



MUNSTER. 



Village of Clare 



I Ennis Poor-law 
Union. 



Kilrush, parish 
of Killard. 



- - W. Hennessy, col- 
lector at Clare, to E. 
Ormsby, esq., secre- 
tary to Shannon Com- 
missioners. 

- - Extract from guard- 
ians’ minutes of 11th 
March, forwarded from 
office of Poor-law Com- 
missioners. 



- - Colonel Vandeleur, 
4, Rutland-square. . 



- - Rev. H. Tronsdell, 
vicar of Killard, to Sir 
Lucius O’Brien, lieu- 
tenant of county. 



- - Bishop of Killaloe 
to Sir Lucius O’Brien. 



- - the entire po- 
tato has perished. 



- - failure of po- 
tato crop, general. 



| Parishes of Kil- 
murry and 
Ibrickan. 

I Parish of Kil- 
tananlen or 
Doonass, ba- 
rony of Lower 
Tulla. 



- - Captain Macna- 
mara, J.P., Miltown 
Malbray. 

- - Rev. J. H. Allen, 
rector, Doonass Rec- 
tory, Limerick, to Sir 
L. O’Brien, lieutenant 
of county. 



- - “ a more distressed 
and hungry village is 
not in the country.” 



- - high prices de- 
manded for provisions. 



- - “the very great 
I distress of many fami- 
lies requires thatprompt 
' and immediate relief 
be afforded to prevent 
ulterior evils.” 

- prospects as gloomy 
as in other parts. 



that the Poor-law 
Commissioners be re- 
quested to communicate 
with Government on the 
I propriety of having the 
workhouse supplied with 
Indian com for the en- 
suing season. 

- - uiges the necessity of 
sending Indian corn to 
Kilrush and Kilkee, and 
that Government agents 
be appointed to sell it 
out to the poorwho shall 
have obtained tickets. 

- - requests lieutenant 
of county to form a re- 
lief committee, to carry 
on works already ap- 
proved of, and granted 
for employment of the 
poor. 

- - requests the sanction 
of Sir Lucius O’Brien, as 
lieutenant of county, to 
a committee appointed 
in accordance with the 
plan laid down by Go- 
vernment. 



- - many of the poor 
in a most awful state 
of destitution. 

- - distress consequent 

j on failure of potato 

crop requires immediate relief; that 
100 l. worth of meal has been pur- 
chased by eight resident gentry, to 
be given to the poor as a loan, and to 
be recaid on the commencement ot 
nublic works; that when a local committee shall have 
been properly organised, contributions will be solicited, 
and that Sir Hugh Dillon Massey has already contra- 
buted 100 l. 



- - requests Sir Lucius 
O’Brien to form a local 
committee, and forwards 
a list of the resident 
gentry from which to 
select such committee. 



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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



comroe. magistrates and cess- 

payers of barony, con- 
vened under 1 Viet, 
e. 21 , to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 

— Barony of Bun- - - John Singleton, 

ratty. esq., to under Secre- 



Parishesof Kil- - - Thomas Studdart, 
macduan and esq., p. s. c., to his Ex- 
Killard. cellency the Lord Lieu- 

tenant. 



Milltown Mai- - - E. Morony, esq., 
bay. Wellington, Milltown 

Malbay, to Under 
j Secretary. 



- - that the labouring - - praying that his Ex- 
poor are suffering great cellency will order an 
I distress. officer from the Board 

j of Works to be sent 

down to report on the 
most useful works. 



Barony of Ibric- - - Hon. C. E. Tre- 
kane. velyan to Under Secre- 

tary. 

Upper Half ba- - - Petition from the 
rony of Bun- inhabitants of Clonna 
ratty. to his Excellency the 

Lord Lieutenant. 

Parish of Kil- - - Memorial from 
feira, barony the inhabitants of the 
of Moyarta. townland of Kildimo 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

Kilrush - - - Relief committee, 

Kilrush, to Under 
Secretary. 



- - - that there are 

vast numbers destitute, 

and that the misery 

of the people increases daily ; from 
500 to 1,000 persons about to as- 
semble to lay before winter the 
dreadful condition of four-fifths of 
population. Disturbance is dreaded 
unless immediate relief be afforded.- 

- - - - that the inhabi- 

tants are suffering 
great privations, and 
an outbreak is appre- 
hended unless imme- 
diate employment be 



- - Francis Ffolliott, 
m.d., Timoleague. 



Baadon, Poor - - Extracts from 
Law Union. guardians’ minutes of 
the 1 1th instant, for- 
warded from Poor-law 
Office. 



Clonakilty - - - Bandon, Earl of, 

i Castle Bernard. 



- - Wm. Bonn, esq., 
Clonakilty. 



- - that potatoes have 
reached a famine price. 



- - that the inhabi- 
tants are in great des- 
titution, their stock of 
provisions being near- 
ly exhausted. 

- - that many of me- 
morialists are without 
a potato, and others 
are obliged to use those 
intended for seed. 

- - that want is dis- 
tressing and extensive. 



“ a number of 
: in great desti- 



- - high price given 
for potatoes. 



- - “from the spirit 
shown in consequence 
of the scarcity of pro- 
visions and employ- 
ment, lie was induced 
to apply for a military 
detachment to be sta- 
tioned at Clonakilty.” 



- - that the Lords of the 
Treasury should issue an 
order immediately for 
the execution of the 
works recommended by 
the meeting held under 
1 Viet. o.21, at Hillard 
and Milltown. 

- - requesting to be 
informed if it is the 
intention of Govern- 
ment to send Indian 
corn meal into dis- 
tressed districts. 



- - that works be com- 
menced to give employ- 



- - that employment 
and cheap food be pro- 
vided. 



- - urge the necessity 
of Indian com, or some 
other substitute, being 
brought to district to 
keep down the markets. 

- - requests, on behalf 
of the magistrates of 
districts, to be informed 
on what terms Indian 
corn may be obtained. 

- - that the Poor-law- 
Commissioners be re- 
quested to communicate 
with Government for 
the purpose of obtain- 
ing a supply of Indian 
corn for the use of the 
workhouse. 

- - requests instruction 
for the formation of re- 
lief committee. 



- - requests to be in- 
formed what price for 
potatoes will entitle sub- 
committees to Indian 
meal at cost price. 



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lICTb ' Correspondent. Progress^! Disease of Scard^S have The Applications 

Sub-District. the Potatoes. during tli“ Week. for Helief. 



- -The Earl of Bandon, alarming in- 
Castle Bernard, for- crease of disease 
warding resolutions in potato crop.” 
adopted at a meeting 
of the Ballyneen 
Farming Society on 
the 5th instant. 



Cork (City) - - - A. F. Roche, esq., - 
mayor of Cork, on be- 
half of the trustees of 
the Poor Relief Fund, 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

Mallow - - - Memorial from clergy - 

and inhabitants of 
Mallow to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 

Ban try - ... Resident Magistrate - - one-half po- 

Hutchinson to Under tato crop lost. 
Secretary. 

Mitchelstown - - W. Knaresborough, - disease increased 
esq., K.M., to UnderSe- beyondconception 
cretary. within last month. 



Poor Law Union 
of Fermoy. 



- - Lord Mountmorris 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant, for- 
warding letter from 
Miss E. N. Bowen, 
Bowen Court, Fermoy. 



Cork (City) - - - A. F. Roche, esq., 

mayor of Cork, to the 
Chief Secretary. 



Mitchelstown - - Mr. H. Disney, Mitch- 
elstown, to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 

El. Dn. Rath- -Resolutions of meeting 
cormac. of clergymen, magis- 

trates, guardians, and 
rate-payers of Rath- 
cormac E(. Dn. 

Parish of Castle - Rev. S. H. Payne, rec- 
Connell. tor, and Rev. T. Kenny, 
p.r., Castle Connell. 



- - labourers are being - - that power be given 
reduced to the greatest to pass new roads at 
state of distress. ' special presentment ses- 
sions, and that Govern- 
ment advance money to 
contractors, to be repaid 
with interest as the in- 
stalments are raised. 

- - that great distress - - that the immediate 

prevails. attention of Government 

be called to the necessity 
of taking measures forth- 
with for the sale of In- 
dian corn and oatmeal. 

- - that one-half of the -- that public works be 
inhabitants of the town commenced immediately, 
are in actual distress, to give employment, 
andthatthey are nearly 

as bad off in the coun- 
try parts. 

- - that if disease pro- — 

gresses, as at present, 

there will not be a po- 
tato by the 20th of May . 

- - that supply of pota- — 

toes will be exhausted 

by 1st of May, andthat 
assistance by subscrip- 
tions, capable of being 
raised in districts, would 
fall far short of what 
will be required. 

- - Miss Bowen states - - Miss Bowen solicits 
that in no district will Lord Mountmorris’ co- 
the potato failure be operation in raising sub- 
more felt than in the scriptions from the ab- 
neighbourhood of Fer- sentee proprietors, 
moy, and Lord Mount- 

morris corroborates her 
statement, that tliepeo- 
ple have expressed a 
determination to help 
themselves. 

- - that 20,000 persons - that a loan of 3,OOOL, 
areinastatevergingon and a grant of a like 
absolute destitution ; sum, he made by Go- 
that poor-house no vernment. 

longer affords refuge. 

Fever hospital is quite 
inadequate to the 
amount of sickness. 

- potatoes have reached — 

a famine price ; com- 
mittee fear that stock 

of potatoes will not last 
a month. 



- that a loan of 3,0001., 
and a grant of a like 
sum, he made by Go- 
vernment. 



— Barony Pubblo -Memorial from magis- 

Brien. trates and cess-payers 

of Pubble Brien Ba- 
rony, under 1 st Viet. 
o.21, to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 



--“hundreds will be 
found destitute of any 
means of. subsistence 
shoul d much time elapse 
before the commence- 
ment of works of relief.” 
- - that the people will 
be in a state of actual 
starvation by the end 
of March, unless em- 
ployment be imme- 
diately provided. 



- - that Government he 
requested to send a 
quantity of Indian com 
to the district, to keep 
down the price of pro- 
visions. 

- - “ that prompt ener- 
getic measures of relief 
are most urgently 
needed.” 



- - presenting for works 
to the amount of 
5,079 1 



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RETURNS SHOWING- THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 



Munster — continued. 
limerick - | Barony Clan- 
william. 



Tipperary - 



leap Roscrea - 



Villageof Cleri- 
ham, situated 
on the land 
of the see of 
Cashel, in 
the Poor-law 
Union of Clon- 
mel, and Divi- 
sion of New 
Chapel. 



- - Memorial of the 
gistrates and cess-payers ! 
of Clanwilliam Ba- 
rony, convened under 
1 st Viet. e. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

- - A. Goring, esq., Kil- 
lenaule. 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



- sufferings of tho poor 
in the colliery district, 
from fever, cannot be 
conceived. Medical 
officer of theBallingany 
dispensary stated, on 
the 28th ultimo, that 
he had attended 15 
persons ill of fever at 
the same time in one 
small room. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



- - presenting for works 
to the amount of 
5,895 l. 11s. 



- correspondent regrets 
to find, in answer to 
memorial addressed to 
the Lord Lieutenant, 
that it is not within the 
province of the relief 
commissioner to have a 
fever hospital erected. 

That the circular from 
Poor-law Commission- 
ers, with reference to 
fever hospitals being 
built on the workhouse ground, has been brought under the notice of the Callan Board 
of Guardians ; but as there are three fever hospitals in the Kilkenny portion of the 
Union, the suggestions contained in the circular were not likely to be attended to. 

- - that Government 
should send a supply of 
Indian corn meal, to be 
sold under 14 d. per 
stone, for the purpose of 
reducing the price of 
provision. 

- - requests to bo in- 
formed if the Commis- 
sioners will give assist- 
ance in food, in cose of 
local contribution. 



- - William Kingsley, 
esq., m. d., Roscrea. 



- - H. Darby, esq., Leap 
Roscrea. 



- Richard Pennefather, 
esq., Under Secretary, 
Castle. 



- - John Lewis, esq., 
inspector, to inspector- 
general of consta- 
bulary, Newport, 19 th 
March. 



- - “ supply of potatoes 
at market scanty and 
deal - .” 



- - Mr. Pennefather lias 
been informed by a 
respectable gentleman 
that in no other part of Ireland are 
there such immediate prospects of fa- 
mine, that the people are starving, 
that the miserable parents of families 
are induced to eat potatoes unfit for 
food of the lowest animals, and that 
the children quarrel for the few 
sound ones. 



Parishes of Bal- 
lena and Cas- 
tletown. 



Roscrea Parish, 
Clonmore. 



- - Mr. Lewis transmits 
copy of notice posted 
on the chapel door at 
Birdhill, on Sunday, the 
15 th instant, to the effect, 

, “That the labouring 

classes should meet on the following Tuesday ; wait on Mr. Going, justice of peace ; 
ask if employment or relief, to prevent the forthcoming famine, was to be given ; and 
adding, ‘ there is no time to be lost.’ ” 

Forty or fifty labourers did wait on Mr. Going, who received them with sympathy, 
and sent them away with hope. Mr. Going has charged his conacro tenants only the 
ground rent, a reduction of from 81. or 101. to 40s. or 60s. 

- - that unless some 
means of relief be af- 
forded to the people, • 
the most dangerous 
consequences will fol- 
low. Mr. Spaiglit cor- 
roborates Mr. Byrne’s 
statement. 



- - W. Spraight, esq., 
Limerick, to Under 
Secretary. 



— Frederick Liddle, 
esq., to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 



- towards the Rev. M. 
Byrne’s letter, which 
states that there are 
5,800 persons without 
food, and that before 
the middle of April 400 
more (the remainder of 
population) will be in 
the same state. 



- - that works of public 
utility be carried on in 
the parish of Clonmore, 
to give employment to 
the poor. 



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Progress of Disease , 0 ' u< ™P«unts 
0 j n of Scarcity which have 

the Potatoes. , . b ““ m ^ e , 

during the Week. 



M u n ster — continued. 
Tipperary - I Barony of TJp- 



larony of Up- . - Memorial of magis- : 
per Ormond. trates and cess-payers 
of barony of Upper 1 
Ormond, under 1 Viet, i 
c. 21, to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant, 
forth Riding- - - Memorial of the 
grand jury of the 
North Riding of Tip- 
perary to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieute- 



Waterford - Poor-lawUnion . . R. Musgrave, esq., 
of Lismore. Tourin Cappoquin, to 
Chief Secretary. 



--that disease has - -- presenting for works 

rapidly increased to the amount of 4,000 1. 

since the 18th of 
February, particu- 
larly in mountain 
districts. 

- - - - .... that if the several 

works presented for 

under the 1st Viet. c. 

21 , in the baronies of Upper and Lower Ormond, Owney and 
Arra, Eliogarty, Kilnemanagh, and Ikerrin, be not immediately 
proceeded with, the worst consequences may be anticipated. 

I - - inquiring on part of 
Guardians whether Go- 
vernment intend sup- 
I plying a quantity of Indian com and oatmeal for the Lismore 
Union. 



LEINSTER. 



Rohertstown, -- Rev. W. Flanagan, -- disease in pota- 
Bog of Allen. R. C. C. Allen and toes rapidly pro- 
Miltown, Rohertstown. grossing ; those 
intended for seed 



- - Rev. Luke Fowler, 
Rector of Freshford. 



Parish Rosber- - - Memorial from 

con, Dysert- clergymen, gentlemen, 
mon, Listerlin, and cess-payers of the 
and Shumbo. parishes of Rosbercon, 
Dysertmon, Listorlin, 
and Shumbo, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

»’s - Philipstown - - - J. M. Cowell, esq., 

m.d., to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 

i — Barony Bally- -- Memorial from chair- 

britt. man of meeting of jus- 

tices, &c. of Ballybritt 
barony, under 1 Viet, 
e. 21 , to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 

Moneygall - - - Memorial of work- 
ing-class to magis- 
trates of Moneygall, 
and forwarded to 
Under Secretary by 
Geo. Gurney, esq. 



Longford - Finica,Granard - - Rev. W. B. Mor- 
head, Finica, Granard, 
to Under Secretary. 



- - great destitution 
prevails. Numbers 
living in miserable sod 
huts, endeavouring to 
live on a few scanty 
meals of had potatoes. 
No employment, nor 
no resident gentry. 

- - numbers quite desti- 
tute of food, or means 
of purchasing. 



I - - that 1,497 indi- 
I viduals are in the most 



- - that employment be 
given in draining and 
reclaiming waste land; 
and that a provisional 
depot be formed in 
Rohertstown. 



- - for works of relief, 
under 1st Viet. c. 21, 
and a grant for those 
who are too poor to 

; purchase provisions. 

- - that a sum of 1,000/. 
be granted to give im- 



I want of food and em- 
ployment. 



- - that poverty and 
disease prevail in 
Philipstown. 



- - that something be 
done for the suffering 
poor. 

- - presenting for work 
to the amount of 1,200/. 
to give employment to 
the poor. 



- - that petitioners are - - that employment be 

in a state of utmost provided immediately, 

destitution, being with- as petitioners neither 

out food or the price want charity or to go 

of it. into poor-houaes; and 

petition states that if 

relief be not afforded, “they will be 
obliged, though reluctantly, to encroach 
on property of those to whom God has 
given a superabundance.” 

m m _ ... requesting to know 

if it is the intention of 
Government to send pro- 
visions to distressed dis- 
■ tricts. 



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DISTRICTS. 



Leinster — continued. 
Louth - - | Poor-law Union 

of Ardee. 



Barony of Lower 
Dundalk. 



Barony of Mar- 
gallim and 
Lower Slane. 



Vicinity of Kells 
Abbeyleix 



Barony of Bal- 



Barony of Bal- 
lyadams. 



Westmeath - Barony of Far- 
tullagh. 



Barony of Far- 
tullagh. 
Memorial from 
justices and 
;-payers of 



- - Rev. A. Adams, rec- 
tor of Colton. 



Progress of Disease 
in 

tlie Potatoes. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



- - Memorial of chair- 
man of meeting of ma- 
gistrates, held atRivers- 
town for Lower Dundalk barony, 
convened under 1 Viet. c. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord Lieutenant. 



- - John O’Connor, 
esq., George’s Cross. 



- - Hon. C. Trevelyan to 
under Secretary. 

- - Rev. J. Lancaster, 
r.c.c., Abbeyleix. 



- - A. Weldon, esq. J. F. 
and d.x. to Lord De 
Vesci, forwarded by 
Lord De Vescito Under 
Secretary. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



- - disease of every 
description will spread 
over the country, if 
steps be not taken to provide means of 
subsistence. Has himself supplied, since 
1st of January, 30 or 40 families once 
a week with soup : will have to stop 
doing so in consequence of the high prices 
of provisions. 



- - potatoes 10s. per 
barrel of 20 stone. 
Peopl< 
tress. 



great dis- 



- - presenting for works 
to the amount of 3,271 1. 
4 s., to be repaid to Go- 
vernment in 20 instal- 
ments. 



- - requests to be in- 
formed as to the pos- 
sibility of procuring 
Indian meal at a low 
price for poor persons 
having large families. 

- - requests that orders 
maybe given for making 
of road marked No. 7 
in second memorial from 
districts ; forwards a 

circular from relief committee, stating 
it to be necessary to provido funds to enable 
committee to give provisions at a low 
rate to destitute persons. 



- - Memorial of justices 
and cess -payers of 1 

Ballyadams barony, ■ 

convened under 1 Viet. c. 21, and 

9 Viet. c. 1, to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Rev. W. Sames, 
rector of Clonfadfiran | 

Glebe, Tyrol's Pass. 



- Hon.C.E.Trevelyor 
to Under Secretary. 



that want in moun- 
tain districts is greatly 
tlie increase, the 
_ itestnuniberhaving 
no supply of provisions, 
and many families 
living on one meal a 
day. 

— that very serious 
distress prevails, and 
is likely to increase 
to an overwhelming 
extent. 

it urgent - 



Rathmeath barony, convened under 1 Viet. c. 21, and I 
9 Viet. c. 1, to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant. 



- - Memorial from the 
I Commissioners of New 
s to his Excel- . 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



- - requests to ho in- 
formed if lio can pro- 
cure Indian corn from 
Government at a re- 
duced price, to be sold 
to poor families. 

- - that Government 
should supply rice, 
Indiun corn, &c., to 
district, and that it be 
sold at first-cost price. 



- -presenting for works 
to the amount of 
2,400 1. 



- - that the works pre- 
sented for in memorial 
of justices, and for 
Barony of Fartullagh, 
be at once commenced. 



- - that there are 384 
labourers unemployed, 
who, together with 
the families depend- 
ing on them, amount 
to 1,170 individuals. 



- - presenting for works 
to the amount of 
1,285 1. 



- - memorialists request 
that his Excellency 
will order the sum of 
3,418 1. to be granted 
for widening the quays 
in New Ross. 



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13 



CONNAUGHT. 



DISTRICTS. 



Galway 



Parishes of 
Clonrush and 
Inniskaltra, 
barony of Lei- 
trim. 

Clonrush and 
Inniskaltra 
parishes, ba- 
rony of Lei- 



Barony of Kil- 
connell. 



Garumma and 
Lettermullin, 
barony ol 
Moyeullen. 

Turlough 



Townland of | 
Derry, parish 
ofKilcummin, 
barony of 
Moyeullen. 

Parish Clonrush 



- - H. B. White, esq. 
officer of coast guard, 
to Sir James Dombrain. 

- - Messrs. Reade and 
Burke, Justices, and 
Rev. Messrs. Hullcatt 
and O’Brien, Mount 
Shannon. 

- - Edmund Burke, 



- - Memorial from ma- 
gistrates and cess- 
payers of Kilconnell 
barony, convened un- 
der 1 Viet. c. 21 , to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant, for- 
warded by S. J. Don- 
clan, esq. 

- - Memorial from in- 
habitants of Garumma 
and Lettermullin to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - A. W. Blake, esq., 
Turlough, Galway, to 
Under Secretary. 

- - Memorial from in- 
habitants of the town- 
land of Derry to the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Memorial of the 
magistrates and clergy 
of the parish of Clon- 
rush to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 



- Ambrose O’Kelly, 



Progress of Disease 



still progresses. 



disease progressing 



- - that potatoes 
removed from the 
pit to the house 
begin immediat ely 
to rot. 

disease pro- 
gressing rapidly. 



Barony Killartan 



- - Memorial of the 
justices and cess-payers 
of Killartan barony, 
convened under the 
1st Viet. c. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

- - Petition of the in- 
habitants of Oranmore 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant, for- 
warded by E. Lam- 
bert, esq. 



Complaints 
of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



- - fever very prevalent 
amongst the poor. No 
surgeon on the island. 

- - a vast number of 
ons in a bad state. 



- - with reference to 
his letter of the 3d in- 
stant, states that desti- 
tution has increased 
from 200 to 470, and 
that robberies are daily 



- - that from virulence 
of the potato disease 
thousands must in- 
evitably perish unless 
employment be given. 

- - that the greater 
number of the inha- 
bitants will be with- 
out food in six weeks. 



- - that famine 
reaching its furthest 
stage, and that threats 
have spread of the 
intention of the 
hungry people to 
plunder. 

- - that there are 21 1 
persons literally with- 
out a week’s supply of 
food. 



- - that a great and 
increasing scarcity of 
provisions has been 
manifesting itself lat- 
terly in Killartan 
barony. 

- - that petitioners e: 

periencethemostgriev- 

ous sufferings from 
want of food, and are 
compelled to subsist on 
“rotten potatoes.” Se- 
rious apprehensions of 
starvation and pesti- 
lence entertained by 
petitioners. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



- - recommends me- 
dical aid “ forthwith.” 

- - that if immediate 
aid be not afforded, 
very extensive robbery 
and outrage will be 
committed. 

- - that works pre- 
sentedfor under 1 Viet, 
c. 21 , be immediately 
commenced. 



- - presenting for 
works to the amount 
of 2,797 1. 



- - employment by pub- 
lic works earnestly so- 
licited. 



- - that public works 
may be carried on im- 
mediately. 



- - praying that his Ex- 
cellency will direct the 
works presented for, 
under 1 Viet. c. 21, to 
be commenced imme- 
diately. 

- - that works be com- 
menced immediately to 
give employment, and 
that a supply of Indian 
corn, or some other food, 
be sent to district. 

- - presenting for works 
to the amount of 
7,195 1. 10s. 



— E. Lambert, esq., 
surgeon, in forwarding 
the petition, suggests 
that employment be 
given by repairing the 
quay, or building a 
new one, and making 
roads, &c. 



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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 


County. 


Sub-District. 


CONTTAUG 


ht — continued. 


Gahvay 


Barony of Ath- 
enry. 


- 


West Suburbs 
of Galway. 


Leitrim 


Mohill Poor- 
law Union. 


- 


Parish of Anna- 
duff, Mohill 
Union. 


- 


Parish of Anna- 
duff. 


Mayo 


Half barony of 
Erris Belmullet. 


Roscommon 


Ruskey 


- 


Parish of Kil- 
glass. 


- 


Rooskey 






Sligo - 


Tubbercorry - 



Correspondent. 



Progress of Disease 



the Potatoes. 



- Memorial from chair- 
man of meeting of ma- 
gistrates and cess- 
payers of Athenry ba- 
rony, convened under 
1 Viet. c. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

- Memorial from fish- 
ermen of Claddagh to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - Extracts from guar- 
dians’ minutes of 12th 
instant, forwarded 
from Poor-law ofiice. 



- - Rev. Geo. Shan, 
rector, Drumsna. 



- - failure in po- 
tato crop has ex- 
isted for several 
successive years. 



- - Memorial from the 
Rev. Geo. Shaw to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 



- - Sir J. Dombraine 
hands in resolutions of 
a meeting convened by 
Lieut. Dawson, coast- 
guard officer, on the 
10th instant, at Bel- 
mullet. 

- - Rev. Fras. Irwin, 
Glebe, Ruskey. 



- - potato disease 
making rapid ad- 
vance the last few 
weeks. 



- - Rev. Thos. Lloyd, 
Kilmore House, Ca- 
van. 



- - Thos. Barton, esq., 
engineer, Rooskey. 



- - J. F. Mukings, esq. - - _ 

Tuhbercony. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
daring the Week. 



The Applications 
for Belief. 



- - presenting for works 
to the amount of 2,1 44 1. 



- that petitioners have 
been unable to follow 
their usual calling - 
from the bad state of 
the weather, and have 
been living on half- 
rotten potatoes. 

- high price demanded 
for potatoes. 



- “ potatoes can scarce- 
ly be had at any price.” 
“ Anticipates dire dis- 
tress.” “ Lamentable 
to see the crowds of 
able and willing la- 
bourers standing idle 
from want of employ- 
ment.” 

- - that distress of po- 
pulation is great, from 
failure of potato crop, 
not alone during the 
past season, but five 
or six years previously. 

- - that potatoes will 
not last beyond the first 
week May. Poorer 
classes will be unable 
to provide seed. 



- many literally with- 
out food or means of 
subsistence for a single 
day. Lumper potatoes 
selling for 3 s. 6 d. per 
cwt. 

- - three weeks since, 
444 out of 530 families 
were in actual poverty, 
and 86 families with 
only provisions for one 
to four weeks. 

- - Mr. Barton states 
that the Rev. F. Irwin, 
rector ofTarmonburry, 
and Capt. Hanley, re- 
port their districts as 
being in a “ deplorable 
state,” and urge imme- 
diate operations on 
works of relief. 

- “ the want of a per- 
manent fevor hospital 
is severely felt.” 



- - that the Claddagh 
quay bo improved, and 
this work certified to be 
one greatly required by 
two coast-guard officers 
and the county surveyor ; 
cost about 4,000 1. 

- - that the Poor-law 
Commissioners be re- 
quested to inform the 
Board whether Govern- 
ment will afford facili- 
ties for the purchase of 
Indian corn ; and if so, 
upon what terms. 

- - hopes that employ- 
ment may be afforded 
to the poor of the parish, 
in which there are up- 
wards of 6,000 inhabi- 
tants, and no resident 
proprietors. 



- - that a road bo made 
in district to give em- 
ployment. 



- - measures should be 
taken to provide em- 
ployment for the peo- 
ple.” Requests a relief 
committee to bo formed. 



- - urges the necessity 
of affording relief to the 
district. 



- - that the work pre- 
sented for under the Act 
1 Viet. c. 21, be com- 
menced immediately. 



- - requests to be in- 
formed if he can procure 
100 Z. from Government 
towards the erection of 
a fever hospital, having 
an equal sum already 
in his possession for 
that purpose. 



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15 



FOR THE WEEK ENDING the 28th DAY of MARCH 1846. 



ULSTER. 



DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 


Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 


The Applications 
for Relief. 


County. 


Sub-District. 


the Potatoes. 


Antrim 


Barony of Low- 
er Glenarm. 


- - Rev. S. G. Potter, 
Cashendall. 


- - not one po- 
tato exported 
this year, though 
the people hi- 
therto paid their 
rents in that way. 


- - farmers living on 
potatoes and salt, and 
do not expect even 
this long. Persons 
have died of absolute 
want; a family in- 
stanced starving, hav- 
ing neither money nor 
food. 


- - prays Government 
to do something for 
the distress of locality. 


•Cavan 


Barony of Tul- 
lygarvey .pa- 
rish of Kil- 
drumsherdan. 


- - P. P. Dunmyvor, 
Cootehill. 




- - great want exists. 
Fever rages awfully 
in one division of pa- 
rish. Nine persons 
out of 29 on one town- 
land without even a 
drink for two days, 
or what would make 






Stradone 


- - Mr. Clements, 
Stradone, to his Ex- 
cellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 


‘ 




• 


- - that a depdt of pro- 
visions he established, 
and suggests Cootehill 
as the most suitable 
locality. 


Donegal 


Barony of Inis- 
howen, parish 
of Upper and 
Lower Mo- 
ville. 


- - A. Clements, esq., 
Shandyhall, secretary 
to relief committee. 




- - many families will 
have great difficulty 
in procuring food in 
these parishes till 
August. Fever lias 
set in, and in many 
cases fatally. 


- - requests to be in- 
formed if Indian meal 
is to be supplied both 
at a reduced price and 
gratis in the several 
districts of county. 


- 


Barnhill, Let- 
terkenny. 


- - Rev. John Irwin, 
to Under Secretary. 


- - - 




- - 


- - Mr. Irwin states, 








raenton the shore of Lough Swilly, 
that he considers the case comes 
legitimately under the class to which 
public aid might be afforded. 


Fermanagh - 


Town of En- 


- Memorial from ma- 




- 


- 


- - presenting tor a 
sum of 10,000 1. to im- 
prove navigation of 
Lough Erne. 






niskillen, convened under 1 Viet.. 
c. 21, to his Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant, forwarded by William 
D’Arcy, esq., their chairman. 












1 


I 









MUNSTER. 



•Clare - - : 




- - Memorial of the 




- - wants of people 


- - praying that his Ex- 
cellency will grant a 
sum of 400 1. to carry 
out works of relief. 

( continued ) 


201. 




town commissioners 
of Ennis to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 


B 4 ' 


particularly pressing. 



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DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 


Complaints 
of Scarcity which have 


The Applications 


CoulllT. 1 


| Sub-District. 


the Potatoes. 


during the Week. 


for Relief. 


Munstbh- 


— continued. 










Clare - - ■ 


Parish of Ket- 
lonaula, ba- 
rony of Lower 
Tulla. 


- - Memorial of ma- 
gistrates and cess- 
payers of parish of 
Ketlnnaula to liis 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant, pursuant 
to 1 Viet. c. 21 . 




- - many families now 
destitute of food, from 
rapid progress of dis- 
ease in potato crops. 


- - praying that atten- 
tion of Board of Works 
may be directed to 
their former memori- 
al, so as to hare the 
works immediately 
proceeded with. 




Barony of Bur- 
natty (Upper 
and Lower). 


- - Hugh Hichman, 
j. r. and i>. l., to the 
Under Secretary. 




- - distress daily in- 
creasing ; in some 
cases amounts to ac- 
tual destitution. 


- - prays that addition- 
al engineers may be 
sent down to report on, 
and select the most 
advisable works to be 
carried into immedi- 
ate execution ; also 
that a supply of food 
be sent into districts 
for relief of poor, un- 
til public works com- 
mence. 




Barony of Tul- 
la (Upper). 


- - Memorial of the 
magistrates and cess- 
payers of the barony 
of Upper Tulla, to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant, con- 
vened under I .Viet, 
c. 21. 




- - population on the 
verge of famine, and 
totally unemployed. 


- - praying for the ex- 
ecution of specified 
works of relief, to the 
amount of 1 4,438 Z. 6 s. 




ParishesofKil- 
finoraand Kil- 
lonaghty, baro- 
ny of Corcora- 
roe. 


- - Memorial of inha- 
bitants of parishes of 
Kilfinora and Killo- 
naghty, to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 




- - that tli’e unques- 
tionable destruction 
of the potato crop 
calls for the prompt 
and energetic mea- 
sures of relief. 


- - extensive employ- 
ment of poor can aloiic 
meet exigency of their 
present condition, and 
that the Act 1 & 2 
Viet. c. 21 , with the 
late amended Grand 
Jury Act, gives great 
facilities for so doing. 




Barony of Is- 
lands. 


- - Memorial of Ben- 
don Blood, esq., j. p., 
chairman of special 
meeting of magistrates 
and cess-payers of ba- 
rony of Islands, con- 
vened under I Viet, 
c. 21 , to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 




- - distress, to a con- ' 
siderable extent, at 
present exists from 
the failure of the po- 
tato crop. 


- - suggests the execu- 
tion of works of relief, 
unanimously selected, 
at an estimated cost of 
1,875 l. 8 s. 




Barony of Bun- 
ratty (Upper), 


- - Memorial of chair- 
man ofmeetingof ma- 
gistrates, cess-payers 
of upper half barony 
ofBunratty, convened 
under 1 Viet. c. 21 , 
to his Excellencj' the 
Lord Lieutenant. 




- - distress exists at 
present to a consider- ] 
able extent, owing to | 
failure in potato . 
crop. 


- - prays the advance 
of 4,536 1. 0 s. 3 d. for 
certain specified works 
of relief, unanimously 
selected. 




Parish of ICil- 
kee. 


- - J. Tuite, esq., m. d., 
surgeon to Doonbeg 
Dispensary. 




- - People of district 
suffering much from 
fever and bowel com- 
plaints, owing to the 
use of unsound pota- 
toes, writer having 
attended eightpersons 
in one family, and in 
one house, sick with 
fever. 


- - suggests the erec- 
tion of a fever hospital 
to check spread of dis- 
ease. 



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COMPLAINTS OF THE SCARCITY, AND APPLICATIONS POE BELIEF, &C. 



DISTRICTS. 



County. 


Sub-District. 


Munster- 


— continued. 


Clare - 


Parishes of 




Quin, Clo- 
ney,andDoo- 
nagli, baro- 




ny of Upper 
Bunratty. 



Barony of Clan- 
derlaw, parish 
of Kildysart. 



Barony of Upper 
Tulla, parish 
of Lower and 
Upper Scariff. 



Barony of Moy- 
arta, parish of 
Kilrush. 



Barony of Bun- 
ratty, Lower 
Newmarket- 
on-Fergus. 



Barony of Lower 
Bunratty* 



Correspondent. 



Progress of Disc; 
the Potatoes. 



Complaints 
of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



- - H. Spaight, esq., 
secretary to relief 
committees for dis- 
trict, to the Under 
Secretary. 



- - in parish of Clony, 
161 families, consist- 
ing of 827 persons, are 
destitute of provisions 
of any kind; in Quin 
parish, 120 families, 
consisting of 650 per- 
sons; andinDoonagh 
parish there are 150 
families, consisting of 
715 persons, similarly 
situated. 



- - committee suggest 
that as the high sheriff 
of the county did not 
assemble the grand 
jury to appoint an 
extraordinary sessions, 
the county has been 
deprived of the ad- 
vantages of the Act 
9 Viet. c. 1, and thus 
it is necessary for 
Government to com- 
mence works applied 
for under l Viet, 
c. 21, in order to 
meet starvation, and 
that their secretary 
be at once desired 
to collect subscrip- 
tions. 



- - Rev. Ml. FitzGe- 
rald, Kildysart Glebe. 



- - Mr. Martin Hen- 
nessy, clerk of union, 
fowarding resolution 
of guardians. 



- - I - - several families to- 

tallydestituteforwant 

of potatoes, and high price of meal. 
Poor will absolutely die of starva- 
tion or commit acts of plunder to 
appease their craving hunger be- 
fore works are begun. People 
entitled to protection from so 
frightful a calamity. 



- - “ potatoes cannot 
be obtained at any 
price, nor meal, but 
at a price for which 
present funds of the 
guardians are inade- 
quate.” 



- - that Indian meal 
be immediately distri- 
buted in the parish. 
W orks having been de- 
layed by informality 
of memorial. 



- - apply to the Com- 
missioners for a supply 
of Indian meal, to be 
paid for by the ensuing 
rate. 



- - John FitzGerald 
Studdert, esq., chair- 
man of relief com- 
mittee. 



Sir Lucius O’Brien - 



- Sir Lucius O’Brien, 
inclosing a communi- 
cation from Messrs. 
Hickman and St. 
George, together with 
resolutions passed by 
sub - committee of 
Newmarket. 



- - that the horrors of 
actual starvation exist 
in the parish. The 
pangs of hunger in 
Kilrush cannot be al- 
layed by the works 
projected, as stated in 
letter of the Board of 
Works. 



- - that some measures 
maybe devised to avert 
the horrors of starva- 
tion. 



- - destitution is every 
day increasing in ba- 
I rony. 



- - that an engineer 
should be forthwith sent 
to district to report 
on works recommended 
at special sessions, with additional 
engineers to carry them into effect ; 
ana that immediate supplies of food 
be entrusted to committees for relief 
until Government works commence- 
Sir Lucius suggests that subscrip- 
tions be confined to sub-districts 
rather than to baronies. 



- - officers of commit- 
tee appointed, subscrip- 
tions set on foot, and 
storage for provisions 
procured. 



c 



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- W- H. Barony - - Memorial from the 
of Bunratty. justices and cess-pay- 
ers of the upper half 
barony of Bunratty, 
convened under Act 
1 Viet. c. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

Barony of Cor- - - Archdeacon Whit- 
couroe. tyto Undersecretary, 
forwarding resolu- 
tions of Ennistymon 
relief committee. 



Parishes Kil- - - Memorial from 
narologh.Fen- magistrates, cess-pay- 
lon, Kilma- ers ofseveral parishes 
berry, Kilcou- in barony of Lower 
ry, Clonlag- Bunratty to his Ex- 
her,Drumlive, cellency the Lord 
and Bunratty. Lieutenant. 



Barony of Low- - - H. Baylee, esq. 
er Tulla to Sir Robert Peel. 
(Broadford). 



Barony of Is- - - Mr. Tliady Cotter, 
lands (Ennis clerk of union, to Un- 
Union). der Secretary, en- 
closing, by direction 
of guardians, a me- 
morial to his Excel- 
lency. 

Barony of Bun- - - John Singleton, 
ratty (Upper esq., chairman of Quin 
Quin). relief district, to R. 

Pennefatker, esq. 



Barony of Ki- - - Viscount Bernard, 
naimaky,Ban- Castle Bernard, chair- 
don Poor Law man of Board of 
Union. Guardians. 



Barony of East - - Daniel Connor, 
Carberry esq., chairman of the 
(western di- Board of Guardians, 
vision) Poor 
Law Union, 

D unmanway. 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 


Complaints 
of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 




- - that distress is now 
so great that any de- 
lay in employing the 
people may be at- 
tended with the most 
serious consequences. 


- - - 


- - that 300 families 
have 2 months’ provi- 
sions; 300, 1 month’s 
provisions ; 300 have 
provisions for a fort- 
night only, and 500 
have no support but 
the chances of the 
day. 


- - few potatoes 
now fit for seed. 


- - potatoes are fast 
disappearing, being 
used as food by the 
higher classes; fears 
this will continue the 
famine to next year. 
The people are be- 
coming reckless of 
consequences. 




- - distress great, and 
the potatoes reserved 
for seed must be used, 
and thu3 produce an- 
other year of famine, 
by the want of a de- 
pot for Indian meal 
m Ennis. 




- - apprising his Ex- 
cellency of the in- 
creasing alarm, not 
only of starvation, but 
also of an outbreak. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



- presenting for works 



- - that potatoes can- 
not be procured at any 
price for the inmates 
of the poor - house, 
and Commissary-ge- 
neral Hewston refused 
a supply of Indian 
corn, unless directed 
so to do by the Go- 
vernment, and sug- 
gesting the chairman 
to apply. 



- - suggests that a de- 
p6t of food be esta- 
blished without delay 
at Ennistymon, and 
which is essentially ne- 
cessary for the preser- 
vation of human life. 

- - praying that the 
works presented for, 
under Act 1 Viet. c. 
21 , may be commenced 
immediately. 



- - that the authorities 
should be instructed to 
sell Indian corn to 
respectable farmers, 
talcing six or nine 
months’ bill : this would 
enable them to plant 
more potatoes and in- 
crease employment. 

- - trust that imme- 
diate steps will he 
taken to establish this 
dep&t, it being incon- 
venient to send to Li- 
merick in a time of 
such distress. 



- - entreats that work 
and food be made 
available in Quin dis- 
trict, at least in course 
of a week, as outrage 
once committed cannot 
possibly be quelled. 

- - that the road from 
the town of Baudon to 
the deep water of the 
river be immediately 
completed, and the 
Board of Works me- 
morialized for the pur- 
pose. 



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DISTRICTS. 



County. 



Sub-District. 



Munster — continued. 
Cork - I Ratheonnac 



Kilganiff, Clo- 
nakilty. 



Cork and Kil- 
dare. 



Kerry - 



Cork City 



Hon. D. G. 
Colly’s es- 
tates. 



Barony of 
Corkaginny. 



North Half, 
barony of 
Dunkerrin. 



Parish Kilma- 
kenden. 



Parish of Bal- 
lyhuge. 



Correspondent. 



- - Rev. Charles J. 
Swete, secretary to 
relief committee. 



Wm. B. Jones, esq. 



- Memorial of fisher- 
men of Crookhaven 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - H. Disney, esq., 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - A. F. Roche, esq., 
Mayor of Cork, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant, forward- 
ing resolutions of 
Cork relief commit- 
tee. 

- - Thomas French to 
Under Secretary. 



Earl of Kenmare 



- Daniel Mahony to 
Under Secretary, for- 
warding Dunkerrin 
memorial. 

- - Rev. D. Healy, 
p. p., to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



- - Rev. J. P. Chute, 
rector of Ballyhuge, 
to Under Secretary. 



Progress of Disease 
in 

the Potatoes. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



- - disease pro- 
gressing in the 
pits since 
March. 



- - distress prevails to 
a great extent in dis- 
trict. It is of the 
greatest consequence 
that no delay takes 

E lace in affording re- 
ef. 



- - that many persons 
could not perceive a 
single potato in the 
market on the 19th, 
and the price of oat- 
meal now was 80 per 
cent over that of ordi- 
nary years. 



The ApplicKlio 
for Relief. 



- - the committee are 
anxious to relieve the 
destitute poor from the 
increasing scarcity of 
food, and ask what the 
intentions and mode of 
procedure of Govern- 
ment are. 

- - requests the official 
form of appointing re- 
lief committees; anx- 
iously looking to its 
formation. 



- praying hisExcellen- 
cy to extend to them as 
a charity or loan a sum 
of money for the erec- 
tion of a pier at Crook- 
haven, to arrest the 
threatened starvation. 

- - suggests the neces- 
sity of forming a depot 
of food, to be retailed 
to the poor at reason- 
able prices. 



- - praying that the 
District Lunatic Asy- 
lum, Cork College, and 
other public works projected in city, may 
be proceeded with, to give employment, 
and enable the poor to procure rood. 



- - that he has reason 
to believe great scar- 
city of food will pre- 
vail in the Hon. D. 
G. Colly’s estate in 
C ounty Cork in a few 
weeks, and also in the 
Kildare estate at a 
period somewhat later. 



- - a great increase of - that a temporaiy fe- 
fever cases. | ver hospital should be 

applieclforto the Board 



- - requests to be in- 
formed ofthe intentions 
of Government relative 
to providing employ- 
ment for the poor, 
and wholesome food at 
a price within their 
reach. 



of Guardians and that the lower part of 
barony of Dunkerrin, with barony of 
Glanarought, form a relief district. 



- - former apprehen- - - that unless imrne- 
sions of scarcity have diate relief be given 
proved to be too well the conqnences will he 
grounded, 1,000 per- frightful, 
sons actually starving. 



- vouches for thereally 
destitute state of la- 
bouring classes. 



- urges the immediate 
necessity of commenc- 
ing the works recom- 
mended at special ses- 
sions, and are of per- 
manent utility. 

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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



Monster — continued. 
Kerry- - | Barony ofDun- 
kerrin 
(North) 



Barony of Clan- 
william Caber- 
conlish. 



- Amended memorial 
of the justices and 
cess-payers of the ba- 
rony of Dunkerrin 
(North), assembled 
under 1 Viet. c. 21, 
to bis Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- pitted potatoes 
considered sound 
a short time 
since, now quite 



- - poor of locality are 
on the verge of star- 
vation, both sound 
and diseased potatoes 
in many instances 
being commenced. 
The poor have no seed. It is reported that many 
have not a week’s provisions, and others starving. 
Fever is also apprehended to rage if relief be not 
afforded in course of a week. 



City of Lime- 
rick. 



County Lime- 
rick. 



Barony of Clan- 
william. 



- John O’Brien, esq. 
m.p., to Relief Com' 
missioners. 



- Lord Guillamore to 
Richard Pennefather, 




- - the population are 
necessitous, and re- 
quire immediate re- 
lief. 



- - finds an almost fa- 
mine in the rich and 
populous district, and 



- presenting for works 
to an amount of 4,850 1 . 



- - the works recom- 
mended should be com 
menced without delay, 
and local depots of 
food be established. 



- - that the docks of 
Limerick be completed 
by an advance from 
Government, one-half 
as a grant from Conso- 
lidated Fund, the other 
as a loan on security. 



states, if deep and serious attention is not paid to 
the poor, very serious consequences will result. 
Heard to-day that several bullocks were killed and 
carried off from the borders of county. Encloses 
a letter from the chairman of Castleconnell relief 
committee expressive of distress in district. 



- - Memorial of the 
justices and cess- 
pavers of the barony 
of Clanwilliam, com- 
menced under 1 Viet, 
c. 21, forwarded by 
John Croker, chair- 



- - presenting for pub- 
lic works to the amount 



Barony Con- 
nelloe Lower. 



Parishes Caher- 
conlish, Bal- 
lyhood, Kil- 
many, Rath- 
ierdan, Her- 
bertstown, 
Kilteely, Ca- 
hercomey, 
Ballyhuscan, 
Caherelly,and 
Isartlawrence, 
in the baronies 
of Clanwilliam 
and Small 
County. 



- Memorial of magis- 
trates and cess-payers 
of the barony of Con- 
nelloe Lower, con- 
vened under 1 Viet, 
c. 21, forwarded by 
Jas. Fitzgerald Mas- 
sy, esq., chairman. 

- Petition of the inha- 
bitants of the parishes 
of Ballyhood, Kilma- 
ny, Rathjerdan, Her- 
berts town, Kilteely, 
Caherjerdan, Bally- 
linkeen, Caherelly, 
Isartlawrence, in the 
baronies of Clanwil- 
liam and Small Coun- 
ty, to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 



- - states that a fear- - - presents for works 
i ful extent of distress to an amount of 578 1 . 
is apprehended among 
the poorer classes. 



- - states that if ample 
employment be not 
afforded them to pro- 
cure food and seed, 
nothing short of star- 
vation will be the 
result. 



- - suggests the execu- 
tion of a line of road 
from Caherconlish to 
Herbertstown, being a 
work selected at a 
meeting under I Viet, 
c. 21. 



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COMPLAINTS OF THE SCARCITY, AND APPLICATIONS POE RELIEF, &C. 



DISTRICTS. 



Munster — continued. 
Limerick - | City of Lime- 
rick. 



Barony of 
Smallcounty. 



Tipperary 



Barony Con- 
nelloe (Lower)! 
Askeaton. 



Barony Puddle | 
Brien, Pa- 
trick’s Well. 



Bnjony Lower 
Ormond. 



Emly 



Barony Clan- 
william, Poor 
Law Union 
of Tipperary. 



Town of Ne- 
nagh. 



Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 




the Potatoes. 



- - Resolutions of the 
citizens of Limerick, 
convened by the 
mayor, to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 



- - Lord Guillamore, 
to Richard Penne- 
father. 



- - Carrol Naish, j. p,, 
to the Under Secre- 



- - John Waller 
O’Grady, esq., to the 
Under Secretary. 



- Thomas G. Stoney, 
esq., to the Under 
Secretary. 



- - Rev. E. Close, 
Emly, to the Under 
Secretary. 



- - Extract, from mi- 
nutes of Tipperary 
Poor Law Guardians 
of the 21st instant, 
inclosed by A. Moore, 
esq.. Poor Law of- 



- - Memorial of la- 
bourers of Nenagh, to 
the grand jury of 
North Riding of Tip- 
perary, forwarded by 
William Torrence, 
esq., to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 



in neighbourhood 
of Hospital is 
most severely 
felt, being rich 
land. 



Complaints 
of Scarcity which hav 
been made 
during the Week. 



- - states great alarm 
is caused from dis- 
tress being in actual 
existence among the 
labouring classes, ow- 
ing to the rapid spread 
of disease in the po- 
tato crop, and they 
extensively apprehend 
spread of fever and 
dysentery. 

- - the people in dis- 
trict are much in 
want of employment, 
the loss of their po- 
tatoes being great. 



- - that 150 men 
waited on correspon- 
dent, stating that se- 
veral families in the 
town and vicinity of Askeaton were 
in hopeless distress, and on hearing 
that public works would probably 
be commenced by the latter end 
of April, exclaimed that “they 
were hungry, and relief would 
then be too late.” 



- potatoes in dis- 
trict wretchedly 



The AppHcatio 
for Relief. 



- - recommends the 
construction of a float- 
ing dock, the embank- 
ment of King’s Island, 
with other public works 
of importance. 



- - asks from Govern- 
ment some remedy for 
the misfortunes of the 



sessions districts i 

defined, without the 
necessity of committee 
relief districts. 

- - the result of delay 
in public works cannot 
be answered for. 



- minds of the people . 

are getting “ fearfully ' 

uneasy;” s totes from personal knowledge 
that the privations suffered by some are 
dreadful. 



- - that before many 
days pass the poor of 
district will be in a 
lamentable state from 
want of provisions. 

- that if there is much 
longer delay in af- 
fording relief, he fears 
it will be attended 
with unpleasant con- 
sequences. 

- - 100 heads of fami- 
lies attended Board, 
requesting employ- 
ment to alleviate their 
apparent utter desti- 
tution from the failure 
of the potato crop. 



- - states that of the 
labouring population 
of Nenagh (700 at 
least) the greater part 
having families, 600 
are constantly idle, 
and are now suffering 
all the horrors of 
starvation, consider- 
ing themselves fortu- 
nate if able to procure 
one scanty meal each 
day. 



„ to be in- 
formed if Government 
will lend Indian meal 
or money on sufficient 
security. 

- - that his Excellency 
be apprized of this 
distress, and requested 
to send a supply of 
cheap food to the 
town and district of 
Tipperary, and direct 
the immediate erec- 
tion of the military 
barrack. 

- - memorialists pray 
that some of the works 
presentedfor at Nenagh 
Special Sessions be 
commenced. 



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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 



Munster — continued. 
Tipperary - | Barony of Kil- 



nemanagh. 



Barony Lower 
Ormoncl. 



Lorlia Somerset 



Barony Clan- 
william. 



Barony Clan- 
william and 
town of Tip- 



Town of Tip- 
perary. 



Parish Clo- 
nalty. 



- - Memorial of ma- 
gistrates and cess- 
pavers, forwarded by 
Sir John Judkin Fitz- 
gerald, esq., to the 
Under Secretary. 

- - Memorial of farm- 
ers, See., of five 
townlands in the ba- 
rony of Lower Or- 
mond, forwarded by 
J. W. Walsh, esq. to 
Under Secretary. 

- - Henry Going, esq. 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - Memorial from 
chairman of meeting 
of justices and cess- 
payers ofClanwilliam 
barony, convened 
under 1 Viet c. 21 , 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - Memorial of ma- 
gistrates, cess-payers, 
and town-commis- 
sioners ofClanwilliam 
barony and town of 
Tipperary, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

- - Thos. Bolton, osq., 
chairman, Tipperary 
Poor-law Guardians, 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - Memorial from 
trustees and cess- 
payers of Iffa and 
Offa East Barony, 
convened under lVict 
c. 21 , to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 

- - The Protestant 
and Roman Catholic 
clergymen to his Ex- 
cellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 



Poor-law Union - - Lieut.-col. Phipps, 
Clonmell. 1 Clonmell. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



- - memorial states 
that great distress is 
apprehended from the 
failure of potato crop. 



- - that great and 
pressing destitution 
exists in barony and 



- states that the Poor- 
law Guardians had 
been waited on by 100 
men, heads of fami- 
lies, from the town of 
Tipperary. Spokes- 
man respectfully hinted, “that it 
was only to avoid more serious con- 
sequences that the application had 
been made.” 



- - that most of the 
population of the vil- 
lage of Ballagh 
(amounting to 700 
souls) are in great 
distress, none of whom have more 
than a week’s provision. That there 
are in other parts of district 200 
families whose food will be ex- 
hausted in the course of three 



- - the usual supply of 
food will be soon 
exhausted and heavily 
felt. 



The Application 
for Relief. 



- - that a depot of In- 
dian corn be esta- 
blished in Cashel, 
present for works esti- 
mated at 3,7 18 Z. Os. 0 d. 

- - that a bridge be 
built across the Bros- 
na, and that a road be 
made to Banagh. 



- - that the most awful 
consequences are feared 
in the absence of em- 
ployment and a depot 
of food. 

- - presenting for works 
to the amount of 
7,8o9 1. 



- - that’ a depot for the 
sale of Indian com be 
formed in Tipperary. 



- - that a supply of 
cheap food be sent to 
district, and that the 
erection of the military 
barracks he proceeded 
with. 



-- presenting for works 
to the amount of 
6,208 1, and praying 
for the immediate exe- 
cution of said works, 
as the greatest distress 
prevails. 



- - pray that the works 
presented for from ba- 
rony of Kilmvaway be 
commenced imme- 
diately, and suggest 
the necessity of having 
a store of Indian com 
established at Casliel. 



- - that instructions on 
the use of Indian com 
be forwarded to Poor- 
law guardians. 



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23 



LEINSTER. 



DISTRICTS. 




Progress of Disease 


Complaints 


The Application* 
for Relief. 


County. 


Sub-District. 




the Potatoes. 




been made 
during the Week. 


Dublin 


Kingstown - 


- - J. O’Ferrall, esq. 
to the Under Secre- 
trry, forwarding Me- 
tropolitan Police Re- 
port. 




- - report states that 
095 persons are now 
suffering privation 
from the high price of 
provisions ; 317 are in 
extreme distress, their 
means of buying food 
being more inade- 
quate than that of the 
others. 


- - Mr. Hayes, in for- 
warding the letter to 
the Commissioners of 
Metropolitan Police, 
suggests the opening 
of a store for the sale 
of Indian com or meal, 
at a price within the 
reach of distressed peo- 
ple. 


Kilkenny - 


Graig - 


- - Rev. M. Doyle, 
p. p., Kilkenny. 




- - out of a population 
of 8,000, 3,000 are 
in destitution 3 that 
200 1. are already col- 
lected for their relief, 
and expected to be 
increased. 


- - requests to be in- 
formed if depOts of In- 
dian com are formed, 
and how it is to be dis- 
tributed. 




Barony of Cra- 
nagh. 


- - Rev. Luke Fowler, 
Wellbrook, Freshford. 




- - distress is daily 
spreading in village of 
Freshford, amounting 
to all but starvation. 
Writer’s house daily 
beset by starving peo- 
ple. Impossible to 
provide even a scanty 
supply for the number 
perishing. 


- - requests information 
how to procure relief 
and where and how 
Indian corn can bo 
procured at a reason- 
able rate. 




Barony ofGow- 
ran, Bally- 
foyle. 


- - Mr. John Sher- 
man, Ballyfoyle. 




- - there are nume- 
rous distressed persons 
in mountain district 
who require immedi- 
ate assistance by em- 
ployment. 


- - anew road intended 
togivereliefis delayed; 
the time for serving 
notice on occupiers, 
where the road is pro- 
posed to run, having 












the Relief Commission to inform whether 
another course for executing the contem- 
plated work, besides by presentment for a 
portion of relief fund; existing road, about 
100 Irish perches in length. 


- 


City of Kil- 
kenny. 

Thomastown - 


- - Memorial of ma- 
gistrates and cess- 
payers of the county 
of the city of Kil- 
kenny to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant, forwarded by 
Mr. Hackett, mayor. 

- - H. Innes, esq. to 
Lord Lincoln. 


■ - - 


- - states that his la- 
bourers will be una- 
ble to support tbeir 
families on their usual 
wages, and- if left to 
themselves must steal 
or starve. 


- - presenting for works 
to the amountof 7,500k 

- - that Indian com be 
supplied to him by Go- 
vernment, that he may 
retail it to his labour- 
ers. 


King’s 


Moneygall 


- - Dean Hawkins, 
Dunkerren Glebe, 
Moneygall. 




- - the potatoes of 
many poor people of 
neighbourhood are all 
consumed; many poor 
people would gladly 
walk to Roscrea (live 
miles) for Indian corn 
at famine price. 


- - requests to be in- 
formed if Relief Com- 
missioners will procure 
an inland supply of 
Indian corn for those 
willing to buy. 

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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent. 


Progress of Disease 


Complaints 

I of Scarcity which have 


County. 1 


Sub-District. 


the Potatoes. 


during the Week. 


Leinster- 


— continued. 








Louth - - j 


Poor-lawUnion, 

Dundalk. 


- - Extract from mi- 
nutes of proceedings 
of Board of Guar- 
dians, furnished from 
Poor-law Commis- 
sioners’ office. 




- - that 36 persons 
wait on the Board, 
anxious and willing to 
maintain themselves 
if employment w r ere 
provided for them, 
which they cannot of 
themselves procure, 
and that they are 
nearly in a state of 
destitution. 




Barony of Ar- 
dee, parish of 
Dromlin. 


- - R. M. Bellew, esq. 
Barmeath, Dunleer, 
forwarding memorial 
of distressed labourers 
of parish. 




- - labouring classes 
are in a very bad way, 
without provisions or 
employment. Their 
patience as well as 
their food is exliauste d 
in expectation of em- 
ployment on public 
works. 


~ 


Barony Fer- 
rard. 


| - - C. Trevelyan, esq. 
to Richard Pennefa- 
ther, esq. 


- 






Barony Upper 
Dundalk. 


- - Memorial of the 
justices and cess-pay- 
ers of the barony of 
Upper Dundalk, con- 
vened under 1 Viet, 
c. 21 , forwarded to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant by John J. 
Briggan, esq., s. p. 








Barony of Up- 
per Dundalk. 


- - Memorial of ma- 
gistrates and cess- 
payers of the barony 
of Upper Dundalk, 
convened under 9Vict. 
c. 1 , forwarded to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant by J olm J. 
Briggan, esq. 






Meath 


Kells, barony 
of Upper 

Kells. 


- - Rev. N. M'Evoy, 
Catholic curate. 




- - no Indian corn or 
meal yet arrived, nor 
a single day’s work 
given to the unem- 
ployed famishing 

poor ; numbers actu- 
ally starving, not hav- 
ing the commonest 
nourishment ; there 
are neither manufac- 
tures nor farm labour, 
lands being mostly 
grass. 


1 


Barony Lower 
Navan. 


- - J. W. Walker, esq., 
Allinstown, Kells, 
high sheriff. 

\ 




- - is informed by the 
Roman-catholic cler- 
gymen of next two 
parishes, that im- 
mense numbers of 
people are actually 
starving. If further 
delay takes place in 
affording relief, the 
consequences will be 
serious. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



- - tlie improvement 
of the Rivers Dee and 
White River, and low- 
ering of hills, as speci- 
fied in memorial from 
assembled cess-payers, 
&c., which will be 
before the Board of 
Works in the present 
week. 



- - presenting for works 
to an amount of 5,100/'. 



- - presenting for works 
to an amount of 5,100/. 



- - that as chairman of 
town commissioners of 
Kells, would with ala- 
crity co-operate with 
the Commission on re- 
ceiving a special war- 
rant to that effect from 
them. 



- - that the making of 
a new line of road from 
Foxes’ Lane to Mear- 
ing of barony of Lune 
be no longer delayed, 
as it would give suffi- 
cient employment. 



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DISTRICTS. 



Leinster — continued. 



Queen’s 



Barony Upper 
Slane. 



|BaroniesSkryne,] 
Lower Navan, 
Upper Slane. 



Baronies of 
Ballyadams 
and Shiver- 
naigue Poor 
Law Union, 
Atty. 

Mountmellick 
Poor Law 
Union. 



- - Memorial from 
chairman of meeting 
held at Navan, under 
1st Viet. c. 21, to his 
Excellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 

- - Memorial from 
chairman of special 
sessions held at Na- 
van, under l Viet, 
c. 21, to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 
tenant. 

- Cope Cooper, esq., 
chairman of petty 
sessions, to Captain 
Kennedy. 



- - Extract from guar- 
dians’ minutes of 20th 
inst, forwarded by A. 
Moore, esq., Poor- 
law Commission Of- 
fice. 



Barony of Shi - 
vernaigue. 



Wolfhill divi- 
sion of parish 
of Bally- 
adams, barony 
of Bafly* 



Mountrath, ba- 
rony of Up- 
perwoods. 



Memorial of E. H. 
Pope, esq., justice of 
the peace, chairman 
of special meeting of 
magistrates and cess- 
payers, convened un- 
der 1 Viet. c. 21, to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 

- - A. Weldon, esq., 
justice of the peace, 
forwards memorial of 
clergy and inhabitants 
of Wolfhill, division 
of parish of Bally- 
adams, to his Excel- 
lency the Lord Lieu- 



- - Committee of 
Mountrath Fever 
Hospital to his Ex- 
cellency the Lord 
Lieutenant. 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 



Complaints 
of Scarcity which have 

during the Week. 



- - barony of Shiver- 
naigue requires im- 
mediate relief, popu- 
lation in many parts 
starving. 

- - that a number of 
decent women with 
families, amounting to 
80 human beings, ap- 
ply to the guardians 
for relief, they being 
without food or suffi- 
cient employment. 
These applicants form 
but a small proportion 
of those actually sub- 
sisting on food made 
from “the wash” of a 
starch-yard but in- 
differently suited for 



- - that the potato, the 
only article of food of 
small farmers and la- 
bouring classes of dis- 
trict, being destroyed, 
theycannotobtain any 
other, and general fa- 
mine is apprehended 
in this populous dis- 
trict. People now 
without food, or seed_ 
for a future crop 
oats or potatoes. T1 
from high price of 
provisions, those who 
are in employment 
are unable to provide 
sufficient for their 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



- • presenting for works 
to the amount of 
1 , 000 /. 



presenting for works 
to the amount of £. 
Barony Skryne 760 
Lower Navan 2,240 
Upper Slane 383 

£. 3,383 

- - requests instructions 
how immediate relief 
may be obtained. 



- bring the case be- 
fore Government, that 
some means of supply- 
ing the poor with cheap 
food, or food gratui- 
tously, be adopted in 
the present exigency. 



- - presenting for four 
works of relief, esti- 
mated cost 4,900 L 
Prays such a sum be 
advanced. 



- - that intended public 
works in district be at 
once commenced, and 
that a supply of oat- 
meal, maize, corn, or 
flour, or other cheap 
provisions be sent into 
district. 



- - that a sum of 4007. 
be granted to put hos- 
pital in 'frill working, 
it having been built to 
hold 40 patients ; pre- 
sent accommodation 
and fittings only suffi- 
cient for 16. 

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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 



Correspondent. 



County. 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 



Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



Leinster — continued. 



Queen’s 



- I Barony of Ten- 
chinch. 



- - Memorial of Sa- 
muel Skeane, esq., 
chairman of special 
meeting of barony of 
Tenchinch, convened 
under 1 Viet. c. 21, 
and 9 Viet. e. 1, to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - praying that the 
sum of l,600f. be ad- 
vanced for the execu- 
tion of works of relief 
(9 in number). 



Westmeath - 



Parish of Cas- 
tlepollard. 



- - Thomas Smyth, 
esq., j. f., Bunion 



- - I - - some robberies of 

! provisions have taken 

place ; robberies of provisions will 
become general, and pestilence 
and famine overspread the county, 
if relief be not immediate. La- 
bouring classes of parish of Cas- 
tlepollard most distressed, having 
neither food nor employment. 



- - that Relief Commis- 
sioners will send a 
speedy answer, and 
steps immediately ta- 
ken to co-operate with 
Government to stay 
the progress of famine. 



Barony of Pore, - - W. B. Smyth, esq., 
Collinstown. j. p. and deputy lieu- 
tenant, Drumcrea. 



- the poverty of town- 
land of Ben of Fore, 
parish of St. Mary’s, 
is represented to 
writer as extreme; 
the works contem- 
plated by present- 
ment sessions will 
not affect some loca- 
lities. 



- - that the sinking of a 
watercourse in district 
would give much em- 
ployment. Calls atten- 
tion of Commissioners 
to the strong claim of 
district for any gratui- 
tous help to be dis- 
pensed. 



Barony of Fer- 
tullagh, Poor- 
law Union, 
Mullingar. 



- - Queries of Poor- 
law Commissioners 
answered by W. Fe- 
therston,esq., and for- 
warded by the clerk. 



Poor-law Union, - - The town commis- 
Athlone. sioners of Athlone 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



Ditto 



- - - James Murray to 
Sir Robert Peel.' 



Wexford 



- Parish of Bal- 
ly caren. 



' ’ ^ ev .* ^ • Richards, 
officiating minister. 



- - conacre holders 
suffer most. Poor- 
house fuller than in 
summermonths. Poor 
labourers supply of 
potatoes in many 
instances already ex- 
hausted, and unless 
immediate relief is 
given, the conse- 
quences will be awful; 
350 labourers are un- 
employed in barony. 

- - states that distress 
to an alarming extent 
prevails at present in 
the town and neigh- 
bourhood of Athlone 
from the want of 
employment, public 
works in town having 
been stopped for the 
last five months. 



- - that immediate re- 
lief be given, and that 
labourers on relief 
works be paid in all 
possible cases in food, 
at a fair rate. 



- - presents for a grant 
of 5001. for the execu- 
tion of public works of 
relief. 



- - states that hun- 
dreds of persons wil- I- 

ling to work in district are in a 
state bordering on starvation, from 
the want of employment. Instance 
of the husband, wife, and six chil- 
dren being ill of fever from the 
want of food. The misery of dis- 
trict attributed to failure of potato 
crop; the worst consequences ap- 
prehended if employment be not 
given. 



- - if work be not pro- 
vided for, and provi- 
sions sent to the poor, 
the consequences du- 
ring summer will be 
very bad. 



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COMPLAINTS OP THE SCABCITV, AND APPLICATIONS FOB BELIEF, 



DISTRICTS. 


Correspondent, 


Progress of Disease 


Complaints 

of Scarcity which have 
during the Week. 


County. 


| Sob-District. 


the Potatoes. 


Leinster. 


— continued. 










Wicklow 


Parish of New- 
castle, New- 
town Mount 
Kennedy. 

Parish of Dun- 
lain. 

Hacketstown 


- - Rev. C. Abbott, 
vicar, Newcastle Vi- 
carage. 

- - Rev. J. M. Mor- 
gan, rector. 

- - Rev. C.Fetherston, 
Hacketstown Rectory. 


- - the potatoes in 
pits are melting 
away. 


- - few places have 
suffered more from 
failure of potato crops 
than neighbourhood. 

- - the introduction of 
Indian meal is most 
desirable for the poor 
population. 

- - Great difficulty to 








district in providing against dis- 
tress : there will be want of employ- 
ment when spring is over, and con- 
sequent inability to purchase food 
at present high prices. In a little 
time great misery and distress will 
prevail, there being an overflowing 
pauper population in the locality. 



CONNAUGHT. 



Galway 


Barony of Dun- 
more. 


- - Memorial of justi- 
ces and cess payers of 
Dunmore barony, con- 
vened under 1 Viet, 
c. 2 1, to his Excellency 
the Lord Lieutenant. 


r 


Parishes ofKil- 
leenanandKil- 
laly. 


- - Thomas Lynch, 
esq., Cranaghwell, to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 


- 


Oranmore 


- - Rev. J. F. Moran 
to Under Secretary. 


- 


Clifden, Clif- 
den Poor-law 
Union. 


- - J. Smith, esq., 

Clifdem 




Ahascragh, 
Poor - law 
Union of 

Clifden. 


- - Rev. Richard 
M'Lpughlin. 




Barony of Lei- 
trim, Mount 
Shannon. 


- Rev. H. B. Hackett 
to Relief Commis- 
sion. 



201 . 



■ destruction of 
potatoes progress- 
ing fearfully. 



- - that great 
prevails. 



- - that the greatest 
distress is suffered by 
several families ; that a large pro- 
portion of population of surround- 
ing villages are on the verge of dis- 
tress. Several villages held under 
the courts. 



- - Mr. Moran for- 
wards a list of the 
names of Mr. St. 
George’s tenants who 
have not a fortnight’s 
provisions. Mr. St. 
George states the list 
to be correct. 



- - has several times 
represented the deplor- 
able state of the poor 
of locality ; now re- 
lates the death of a 
father of five children. 



- * famine and fever 
are making ravages in 
parish ; fears their 
victims will be many 
before relief is afford- 
ed ; no employment, 
and able-bodied men 
are in extreme want. 

- - great destitution 
revails in parishes of 
nniscalthraand don- 
nish. The peace of 
the neighbourhood 
cannot be vouched 
for. 



- - potatoes ex- 
pectedlastmonth 
to hold good, 
found nearly de- 
cayed. 



E 



&e. 27 



The Applications 
for Relief. 



• - inquires who the 
authority is, in order 
to apply for relief to be 
afforded to the poor. 

• - requests to be in- 
formed how Indian 
meal is to be obtained 
in district. 

- - inquires the price 
of Indian corn per ton, 
if purchased to sell at 
reducedprices to the 
poor. Would be most 
willing to co-operate 
with the Commission 
in administering relief. 



- - presenting for^ works 
to the amount of 
13,5161. Is., and pray- 
ing that they may be 
commenced as speedily 
as possible. 

- - that the Lord Chan- 
cellor be empowered to 
require receivers under 
his control to procure 
meal forthe most needy 
of the inhabitants. 



- - Urges the necessity 
of immediate relief. 



- - “ What will be 
done for. seed 7” Im- 
plores the Commission 
. to do something for the 
poor of districts. 



- - solicits Government- 
to take immediate steps 
to employ the people, 
and to establish a depot 
of food in Moun (shan- 
non; potatoes being Od. 
a stone, oatmeal -181. a 
ton, and public works 
being delayed. 

( continued ) 



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RETURNS SHOWING THE PROGRESS OP DISEASE IN THE POTATOES, 



DISTRICTS. 



Galway 



Connaught— continued. 

Poor-law Union] 
of Clifden. 



MayneDangan, 
barony Tya- 
quin. 



Neighbourhood 

ofOughterard. 



Parishes of 
Loughreaand 
Woodford. 



County Galway 



Progress of Disease 
the Potatoes. 



- - Mr. Moore, Poor- 
law Commission Of- 
fice, forwarding check report of Mr. 
Hancock, Assistant Poor-law Com- 
missioner, relating to distress of la- 
bouring population, as set forth by Mr. 
Smith m weekly reports of 7th March. 



Complaints 

of Scarrity which have 
been made 
during the Week. 



he Applicatioi 
for Relief. 



- - Michael James 
Brown, esq., to the 
Under Secretary. 



- -Rev. R. Browne to 
his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



- - Sir John Burke to 
Under Secretary. 



- - H. Graydon, esq. 
to Under Secretary. 



- - decay in po- 
tatoes rapidly 
progressing. 



- - Mr. Fitzmaurice, 

Roman-catholic cler- 
gyman, says, “ The statements of Mr. 
Smith are overdrawn. Could not cer- 
tify the full contents. No persons com- 
plained they had nothing to eat, but peo- 
ple are borrowing provisions. Has not 
heard of any person dying of starvation.*’ 



-- Mr.Brown,ascbair- 
man of meeting of ma- 
gistrates and cess-payers of barony of 
Tyaquin, inquires what report has been 
made by Board of Works on their 
application, and hopes that no time 
may be lost in giving employment. 



states that after a 
personal inspection of 
several villages, he 
found 45 families in 
actual want. 



that there are many 
families who must en- 
dure the utmost want 
on the property to 
which he is agent, long 
before any assistance 
by public works can 



- - requests a supply, 
of Indian corn, to the 
value of 100/., to be 
sent to Woodford, and 
a supply, to the value 
of 25/., to be sent to 
Loughrea, for which he 
renders himself liable. 

- - suggests the abso- 
lute necessity of send- 
ing Indian corn into 
Galway. 



Tuam 



- - - G. Lynch, esq. to 
Lord Lincoln. 



Barony of Dun- 
more.. 



- - M. Browne, esq. 
to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant, for- 
warding corrected 
memorial from Dim- 
more barony. 



- - enclosed a letter 
addressed to his Ex- | 
cellency, which states 
that want is becoming 
more urgent every 
day, and that the peo- 
ple are reduced to the 
necessity of consuming 
their seed potatoes. 



- - suggests the making 
of roads in bogs, as the 
people are at present 
obliged to carry fuel 
on their backs an im- 
mense distance. 



--potato disease 
has progressed 
fearfully. 



- - estimate of proposed 
works, 14,290/. 18 s. 



- Poor-lawUnion, 
Mobil. 



- - Lord Clements to 
the Lord Lieutenant, 
forwarding extract 
from minutes of poor- 
law guardians. 



Barony of Mo- 
hil. 



- - The Rev. George 
Shaw to Richard Pe- 
nefa tlier, esq. 



- - minutes state that 
the cottiers at present 
are almost destitute. 
Lord Clements states 
that armed parties 
have visited the homes 
of dealers in oatmeal, 
for the purpose of 
forcing them to lower 
their charges. 

- - states distress in 
district to be very 
great. 



- - suggested by Lord 
Clements and the poor- 
law guardians, that a 
supply of Indian corn 
bo sent to district. 



- - suggests that a sup- 
ply of Indian meal be- 
ing sent to Mohil and 
Drumeha would be 
most desirable. 



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COMPLAINTS OF THIS SCAHCITT, AND APPLICATIONS FOH HELIEF, &.C. 



County. J Sub-District. 

Connaught — continued. 

Leitrim * - Poor-law Union, - - A.. IVloore, esq., 

Mohil. Poor-law Office, to 

Captain Kennedy, en- 
closing extract from 
minutes of guardians. 



Progress oi Disease Complaints 

of Scarcity which have The Applications 

the Foiatocs. d „i'“ h Tw'„k. 



- I - - three gentlemen 
~ wait on the guard- 

ians, representing the extreme des- 
titution of the labouring classes, 
and the urgent necessity of imme- 
diate relief. The guardians resolve 
that there is no doubt of the exten- 
sive failure of the potato crop, and 
that they entertain the most serious 
apprehensions for the poor of the 
union. Many fanners are said to 
be in great want; and numerous 
families have provisions only to the 
1st of May. 



- - Statement of the 
magistrates and grand 
jurors of the county 
to Right lion. Ed. 



- * the guardians sug- 
gest, to meet the emer- 
gency, viz. employ- 
ment on public works, 
quick money payments, 
and depots of Indian 
corn, in the principal 
towns of the union. 



- - distress prevails. - - requests such assist- 
It is impossible to ance to county survey- 
take timely advantage ors as will enable the 
of the laws for afford- laws of relief being 
mg relief, if the coun- made available in 
ty surveyor be not meeting the approach- 



Neighbourhood - - W. H. Carter, esq. 
of Belmullet. to Under Secretary. 



informed by his agent, 

Mr. G. Crampton, that large num- 
bers of the country people came to 
him, complaining that their pota- 
toes were exhausted; that they were 
grinding the oats they had for seed; 
and that some hinted, and others 
stated openly, that they would not 
allow the corn to leave the country. 



Two Tourglas- - - D. Cruise, esq. to 
ses, East and Under Secretary, for- 
West, and pa- warding two memo- 
rish of Kil- rials addressed to Mr. 
common. Crampton. 



- - - - memorialists state 

' that their stock of po- 
tatoes have been almost all destroy- 
ed by the disease ; that they have 
parted with their corn to pay their 
rent, and they have not eaten a 
sound potato since November. Po- 
tatoes planted found to rot in the 
ground. 



Barony Ball en- -- Memorial of magi- 

tubber, North stratesand cess-payers 1 j 

of barony Ballentubber, North, 

• convened under 1 Viet. c. 21, to 
his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant. 

Rooskey - - - Rev. H. Brennan - - ( 

to his Excellency the 
Lord Lieutenant. 



Barony of Coo- 
I lavin. 



- - B. 0. Cogan, esq., 
Collooney, to Under 
I Secretary. 



I - presenting for works 
to the amount of 
8,088 1. 15 s. 



- - states that he has - - requests that the 

been applied to by works presented for be 

hundreds of starving proceeded with. 

people, andthathe has 

known many families 

living on one meal a 

day. 



- - forwards three com- 
munications from gen- 
tlemen residing in the 
barony, who state that 
fever is prevalent, and 
urge the necessity of 
immediate relief. 



R. T. Hamilton, 

for Secretary. 



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